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 997
of the General Statutes be amended so as to 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
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 the term of two (2) years, unless sooner revoked,
and they 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. The Faculties of the State Normal Institutes
which may hereafter be held in this State shall have authority
to examine such students of the Institutes as present themselves,
as to their qualifications to teach in the public schools; such
examination to be conducted upon questions and under conditions
prescribed by the State Superintendent of Education. The said
Faculty shall further have authority to recommend to the State
Board of Examiners such persons as have passed a satisfactory
examination, to receive certificates of qualification to teach
in the free public schools of the State for a time not longer
than three years, or to be awarded a diploma exempting from further
examinations for life: Provided, That no diploma shall be granted
to any person who has not attended regularly at least three State
Normal Institutes: Provided, That nothing herein contained shall
invalidate teachers certificates already issued by the
School Trustees of the respective Counties of the State, until
the time for which said certificates were issued shall have expired.
SEC. 2. That all Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with the
provisions of this Act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.
In the Senate House, the twenty-second day of December, one
thousand eight hundred and eighty-four.
John C. Sheppard, President of the Senate.
James Simons, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Approved: December 23d, A.D. 1884.
Hugh S. Thompson, Governor.