farm school, noun phrase

A rural school providing (primary) education for the children of a district, and often situated on a farm; plaasskool, see plaas sense 1 c. Also attributive.
1903 E.F. Knight S. Afr. after War 255Here the Government has established one of its farm schools, which is under the direction of an English lady. Close to it is a rival Dutch private school.
1905 J. Robinson in Flint & Gilchrist Science in S. Afr. 462The first published Education Law of the South African Republic was Law No. 4 of 1874...Three classes of schools were recognized...In practice the Ward School was described as a ‘Farm’ School and the District School as a ‘Town’ School.
c1911 S. Playne Cape Col. 674There are..a large number of farm schools to meet the needs of the rural population.
1937 C. Birkby Zulu Journey 258Between them, the Church and the farm school at Tsolo are more important to the black man of the Transkeian Territories than most of the black men know.
a1951 H.C. Bosman Willemsdorp (1977) 17There was that Kafir-path that he and his younger brother had walked along every afternoon back from the farm-school.
1958 E. Bold in Pietersburg Eng. Medium School Mag. 86Another school with whom a spirit of co-operation and friendship has developed is the Kuschke Farm School.
1973 E. Prov. Herald 9 Nov. 17Desks are scarce, as in most farm schools, so the floor is used instead.
1974 E. Prov. Herald 22 Apr. 13The Department of Bantu Education threatened to close down the overcrowded and ramshackle..farm school.
1974 A.P. Cartwright By Waters of Letaba 143In 1917..the Administrator..initiated a system of farm schools as part of his plan for providing an education, combined with agricultural training, for the children of the many poor white families in the platteland.
1986 City Press 23 Feb. 4The unnamed teacher said the conditions in farm schools were ‘precarious’.
1988 E. Prov. Herald 10 Mar. 736% of all rural black children between the ages of 14 and 16 were not in school..in spite of the commendable efforts of most farmers in supporting the farm school system, often at their own expense.
1988 Smuts & Alberts Forgotten Highway through Ceres & Bokkeveld 152Even in our century, people..walked for hours to get to the nearest farm school — barefoot, carrying the only pair of shoes they possessed.
1992 Weekly Mail 16 Apr. 14Before the school was built, the area’s 20 000 children were expected to squeeze into a farm school, one..which was already full and schools in Daveyton, eight kilometres away.
A rural school providing (primary) education for the children of a district, and often situated on a farm; plaasskool, see plaas1 c. Also attributive.

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