Provincial Board of Education

The 1872 Public School Act of British Columbia established a Board of Education consisting of "six fit and proper persons" appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council (i.e. by the cabinet).

The provincial Board of Education set out the curricula of the public schools; reviewed and approved textbooks; examined, certified and appointed school teachers; determined teachers' salaries; and established Rules and Regulations for the Management of the schools.

The provincial Board of Education consisted of:

The Superintendent of Education, John Jessop, served as ex officio secretary of the Board.

The Board first convened in May 1872. It held its last meeting on 12 August 1878, when members resigned en masse to protest interference and indifference by the provincial government.