PREFATORY NOTE.This Report deals with a reference which has occupied theattention of the Committee since May, 1924. The problem
which the Committee were asked to address themselves is one ofwide scope which raises issues affecting
only the educationalsystem,
also the general social and industrial organisationof the country, and
will be obvious
if the Board hadpostponed the issue of the Report until they had been able
the full consideration which its contents require,
presentation to the public would have been considerably delayedThe Board have therefore arranged for its immediate publication.
doing so they must not, of course, be taken as committingthemselves
acceptance of the conclusions and recommendationsof the Committee or of the views given
their officers in evidence.At the same time, the Board believe
the Committee's lucidand comprehensive treatment of a difficult subject will be ofreal value
all who are interested in the public system ofeducation and the practical problems of its organisation andadministration, and in commending the Report
public they desire
the Committee and
the distinguishedprofessor who, though
a member of the Committee, assistedthem in the drafting of the Report.
15th December, 1926.