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An Act to Provide for the Teaching of Physiology and Hygiene in the Public Schools.

December 21, 1894

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1894, Pages 747-748.

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 the nature of alcoholic drinks and narcotics, and special instruction as to their effect upon the human system, in connection with the several divisions of the subject of physiology and hygiene, shall be included in the branches of study taught in common or public schools in the State of South Carolina, and shall be studied and taught as thoroughly and in the same manner as other like required branches are in said schools, by the use of text books in the hands of pupils where other branches are thus studied in said schools, and orally in the case of pupils unable to read, and shall be taught by all teachers and studied by all pupils in all said schools supported wholly or in part by public money.

Sec. 2. That the text books used for the instruction required to be given by the preceding Section in primary and intermediate grades shall give at least one-fourth of their space to the consideration of the nature and effects of alcoholic drinks and narcotics; and the books used in the highest grade of graded schools shall contain at least twenty pages of matter relating to this subject.

Sec. 3. That it shall be the duty of the proper officers in control of any school described in the foregoing Section to enforce the provisions of this Act; and any such officer, school director, committee, superintendent or teacher who shall refuse or neglect to comply with the requirements of this Act, or shall neglect or fail to make proper provisions for the instruction required and in the manner specified by the first Section of this Act, for all pupils in each and every school under his jurisdiction, shall be removed from office, and the vacancy filled as in other cases.

Sec. 4. This Act shall go into effect on November 1st, 1895.

Sec. 5. All Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act be, and they are hereby, repealed.

Approved: December 21st, A.D. 1894.

John Gary Evans, Governor.
W.H. Timmerman, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate.
Ira B. Jones, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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