Consolidation of one teacher schools
In 1940, there were 890 one teacher schools. Many old bush one teacher schools were closed from the 1950s onwards. In 2004, there were 133 such schools. The numbers decreased because:
- there was support for closures from the highest level. The Director-General of Education, L D Edwards in the 1930s supported a policy of the consolidation of one teacher schools.
- the Department of Public Instruction made a firm decision to begin implementation of a policy of consolidation in the 1950s
- the expansion of the syllabus created the need to centralise rural and vocational activities
- there were improvements to roads and more rapid and efficient transport
- the department expanded school transport services which reduced the number of one teacher schools built
- small schools lost much of their usefulness if they existed in the vicinity of larger country centres.