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Australia needs laborator ies for training students, ac cording to Chief Inspector Edward Caradus of New Zealand post primary schools.
axi. tarauus, W'Bio is alia, ireriwm to attend the Science Confer ence, made this point today be fore the Royal Commission, into the management, working and control of the MMil&nd Junction Workshops. He was requested to address the commission by Royal Commis sioner A. J. Gibson. Mr. Caradus, after assuring the Commissioner that he did not wish to cause any controversy, said the New Zealand educational, set-up was totally different from that in any Australian State. Technical schools were well equipped with tools. Eight mil lion pounds had been spent on education in New Zealand last year. Union representative T. G. Davies told the Commissioner that employers in W.A. were very re luctant to provide equitable theo retical training for apprentices. 'This department has been starved,' he said. Workshops chief mechanical en
gineer r . ivJLHis uerneu ivii . uavi.es suggestion that the Midland Junction Workshops had not given apprentices theoretical training. He criticised the early start of night classes for students at the Perth Technical College, said that it was not in the best interest of the boys that they had to rush to clsses at 6.30 p.m. after knocking off work at 5 p.m. Superintendent of Technical Education L. W. Phillips said that attendance figures at the Perth Technical College had improved since the early start had .been in stituted. This was because students pre ferred to finish study earlier and thus spend some time with their families and get to bed 'at a rea sonable hour.' (PROCEEDING) [Before Royal Commissioner A. J. Gib son. Mr P. C. Raynor and Mr. F. Mills for the Commissioner for Railways. Mr. T. G. Davies for unions.]