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An Act to Amend Section 997 of the General Statutes, Relating to the Public Schools.

December 23, 1884

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1884, Pages 716-717.

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.

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