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Science and The Woolwich and Sandhurst Examinations

Nature volume 30, pages 189190 | Download Citation



IT will be known to most readers of NATURE that after 1884 considerable changes will be made in the various subjects in the examinations for admission to Sandhurst, and it is generally understood that an extension of similar changes to the examination for Woolwich is in contem-plation. When these changes were announced, those interested in the matter at once saw that one of their chief effects would be to greatly discourage science teaching in our schools, &c., in consequence of the extremely low marks allotted to it under the new scheme. Representations were made on the subject at the War Office by the President of the Royal Society, and subsequently it was stated in the House of Lords, in reply to a question put by Lord Salisbury, that the final position of the subjects is still under consideration. As there is every reason to suppose that the object of the War Office authorities is to secure as good an examination as possible, and as they can have no possible reason for wishing to discourage scientific candidates only because they are scientific, it would seem that the present is a favourable opportunity for bringing the subject into public notice. The following are perhaps the most important points in connection with it:—

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