Title: "The Settlement" in Telegram, 17 November 1896
Source: Archives of Manitoba, P5316, Manitoba Schools Question 1896 – 1906, Newspaper clippings p.20
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Although it is announced that the
terms of the settlement of the Manitoba
school question will not be officially
given out until Thursday next, there is
every reason to believe that the follow-
ing outline of them, published by the
Winnipeg Tribune, the organ of the
Greenway Government, may be accept-
ed as an authoriative foreshadowing of
their nature:-
"All schools are to be national, under
Provincial control, and subject to the
same regulations and inspection.
"The same text books will be used
and all teachers will be well qualified
by passing the Provincial examinations
and taking the prescribed Normal
School course.
"School work of a purely secular
character will occupy the whole of the
school day, except the last half-hour,
when the representative of any religious
denomination will be allowed to come
in and instruct the children belonging
to his denomination, provided the
parents are willing to have them re-
main. In cases where the people decide
not to have this religious instruction
the regular school work will go on
the close of the school hours.
"The principle of local option is re-
cognized thoughout.
"The proviso that is intended to
make the schools satisfactory to the
minority is that districts having an
average attendance of 25 Roman Catho-
lic children , shall be entitles to have a
teacher of their own denomination,
who must be fully qualified according
to Provincial National School standards.
In districts where the children speak
French wholly they are to have a
teacher speaking both English and
French, so that they will learn English
as rapidly as possible. The readers
used in such schools will be bi-lingual
so that the children will grow up from
the first accustomed to English."
It is claimed for this settlement that
it gives satisfaction to both Catholics
and Protestants in Manitoba, to whom
it has been communicated and, as indi-
cating the trend of public opinion there
on the subject, it may be mentioned
that it has been publicly accepted as
satisfactory by two of the most repre-
sentative men, both of the minority
and the majority, Hon. J. Prendergast,

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