The Wesleyan Educational Decline, 1877–1885

John T. Smith

in Methodism and Education, 1849–1902

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269649
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683725 | DOI:
The Wesleyan Educational Decline, 1877–1885

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After the 1876 Act, the number of Wesleyan schools faced a continuing decline, and several of those involved in the Wesleyan Education Committee worried about this since they believed that some of the schools may have been unnecessarily closed or transferred. As such, Chapels were informed that the localities would be aided by the Committee in preserving the schools and that the Committee should be informed before measures be taken in closing any of the Wesleyan Schools. Also, the Wesleyan inspector assisted the managers in teachers in finding solutions to the possible sources of weakness or pressures. All these were manifestations of the ongoing denominational competition in the provision of elementary education. This was a growing concern since some of the Wesleyan scholars were believed to have transferred to board schools and soon, the day-scholars of the Roman Catholics outnumbered those of the Wesleyan schools.

Keywords: Wesleyan Educational Committee; Wesleyan schools; educational decline; Wesleyan inspector; Roman Catholics

Chapter.  11401 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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