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TWELFTH ANNUAL REPORT.
shortcomings. The lessons given throughout the year are regularly entered by each pupil, and enable the teacher to recapitulate and control the several studies.
3. Teaching Staff.—The teaching staff under the Director is as follows : 3 teachers for Hebrew, 2 for French, 2 for Turkish and Greek, 1 teacher for English and 1 monitor ; 6 of the teachers are natives. A spirit of complete harmony prevails amongst the teachers, each of whom helps to contribute to the general well-being of the institution,
4. Pecuniary Resources. —■ Notwithstanding the severe crisis through which the Community has passed, the Committee have been able to augment the admission of free pupils. The heads of the Community have regularly paid a subvention of 3,80b francs; also the other payments have in nearly every instance been equally prompt. These Schools are growing in public favour, through causes which will be pointed out in the next paragraph.
5. Moral Improvement.—The School has had the effect of carrying its improvements into the homes of the Jewish population. The confidence placed in this establishment by the highest public functionaries has placed the institution in the foremost rank. Prejudices against the school are diminishing, and former detractors of instruction are now solicitous for the admission of their children as pupils. Precocious marriages, a source of endless mischief, are avoided, and a general refinement in domestic habits is noticeable even at the daily meals. The last-named fact may by some persons be regarded as insignificant, but it is a mark of the effect which instruction has had upon the manners and habits of the pupils. The moral influence of the School is also conspicuous; the sentiments of duty, the principles of honesty and loyalty, the notions of justice, begin to imbue the masses. These are gains of the highest importance.
6. Past Pupils.—Twenty-four pupils have quitted the school during the last term, of these three have been apprenticed by the Committee. Those who have left are still guided by the advice of the Head Master, who directs all their readings and studies.
7. Library.—M. Pariente wished to call particular attention to the School Library, where the advanced pupils have an opportunity of reading the best works. The Central Committee of the Alliance has presented about 1,000 volumes, and it was hoped that the Anglo-Jewish Association would help the institution by the addition of English works * The widow of M.
* The Council of the Anglo-Jewish Association, sympathising with this undertaking, liave complied with M. Pariente's suggestion.
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