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142   LAWS OF ONTARIO

pupils who were hardly old enough to leave home to attend high school, and who were resident in a locality in which no high school had been established and were desirous of proceeding with their education beyond the courses ordinarily taught in the public and separate schools. The continuation schools are now virtually junior secondary schools.

One of the difficulties necessarily incident to a general system of education is that of making it suitable and acceptable in particular localities, and a great many of the changes and additions made in the school laws during the past ten or twelve years• have been directed to this end. When it is noted that the total expenditure on account of the Department of Education, including normal schools, schools for the blind, deaf and dumb, grants to various classes of schools, grants in aid of vocational education and numerous other special grants amount to over eight million dollars annually, it will be seen that educational matters receive a very large share of the attention of the legislature.

There are nice questions to be adjusted sometimes in the working out of the school


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