He set himself to work in conjunction with the Minister, and with the approval and co-operation of the Government, to increase as far as possible the efficiency of the schools and to raise the standard of qualifications in the teaching profession.
Largely owing to his efforts and in the face of considerable opposition, the salaries of teachers were increased to something approaching a decent living wage, and school boards and municipalities were encouraged in every possible way to improve conditions, more particularly in the primary schools. It would be hard to estimate the debt which the people of the Province owe to the memory of this faithful public servant. After Dr. Seath's death the office was not filled and was subsequently abolished, the object of its revival having been attained.
In addition to the primary schools, known generally as public and separate schools, and the high schools, for which provision had been made in the early seventies, an intermediate class of schools, known as continuation schools were provided for in 1907, these schools being intended to provide further education for