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An Act to Amend Section 997 and Section 1005 of the General Statutes, Relating to the Examination of Teachers.

December 15, 1885

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1885, Pages 12-14.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That Section nine hundred and ninety-seven (997) of the General Statutes be, and the same is hereby, amended so that the said paragraph, as amended, shall read as follows:

"SECTION 997. The State Board of Examiners shall, during the first week in May and the first week in September of each year, and at such other times as may be necessary, examine all persons who may make application as to their qualification for teaching a school in this State; and to every person of good moral character who passes a satisfactory examination the Board shall issue a certificate of qualification, to be signed by its Chairman, which certificate shall authorize the person to whom it is given to teach in any of the free public schools of this State in which his or her services may be desired by the Trustees of the school in which he or she may make application to teach, without further evidence of qualification. Said certificates shall be valid for a term of two (2) years, unless sooner revoked, and it may be renewed with or without examination, at the discretion of the State Board of Examiners. Notice of the meetings provided for in this Section shall be given in at least two daily newspapers published in this State: Provided. That no examination as to qualification shall be made in the case of any applicant who produces a diploma from any chartered college or university in this State certifying to the proficiency of such persons in the branches of learning referred to in his application and satisfactory evidence of good moral character."

SEC. 2. That Section one thousand and five (1005) of the General Statutes be amended so as to read as follows:

"SECTION 1005. There shall be in each County a Board of Examiners, composed of the County School Commissioners and two other persons, to be appointed by the State Board of Examiners, who shall hold office for the term of two years from the time of their appointment and until their successors shall be qualified, unless sooner removed by the State Board of Examiners. No person shall be appointed a member of the County Board of Examiners who is not competent to teach a first grade school. The County Board of Examiners shall examine all candidates for the profession of teacher, and give to each person found qualified a certificate setting forth the branches of learning he or she may be capable of teaching. Said certificate to be valid for a term of two years, unless sooner revoked, and it may be renewed with or without examination, at the discretion of the said Board of Examiners. No teacher shall be employed in any of the free public schools without a certificate from the County Board of Examiners or the State Board of Examiners: Provided, That no examination as to qualification shall be made in the case of any applicant who produces a diploma from any chartered college or university in this State, certifying to the proficiency of such person in the branches of learning referred to in his application and satisfactory evidence of good moral character."

In the Senate House, the fourteenth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five.

John C. Sheppard, President of the Senate.
James Simons, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Approved: December 15th, A.D. 1885.
Hugh S. Thompson, Governor.



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