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A stabilised situation

For the next forty years, the establishment and maintenance of provisional schools did not vary. Local promoters had to provide, without expense to the Department, a room or building suitable for school purposes. While some provisional schools were still established in sub-standard accommodation, the Department would approve of these only on a temporary basis. The average attendance expected was left open. In actual practice, the Department continued to provide a teacher (where suitable accommodation was locally provided) to schools with an average attendance of nine pupils or more, although on occasion, this figure was allowed to drop to as low as 3.6.

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Two old rural buildings: the left building is made of palm and grass, the right building is made of timber.

Photograph: Mt Jukes Provisional School opened in 1922. Made from palm and grass, it was replaced by a timber state school.

While some provisional schools in sparsely populated areas were of a relatively permanent nature, others in more populated areas continued to be established in temporary buildings, pending the erection of a State school building on a site vested in the Minister. Over the period 1909 to 1947, the number of provisional schools did not vary greatly. In 1947, there were 65 provisional schools, 54 of which were operating.

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Last reviewed
10 January 2013
Last updated
10 January 2013