The first district boarding schools are established to accommodate children who lived too far from the nearest public school. The first of these was Blaauwvallei near Wellington. A scheme of fixed standards of attainment up to Std 4 is drawn up to ensure that pupils would learn more than just meaningless facts. Many schools, especially Mission Schools, need to change to comply with the standard.
The University of the Cape of Good Hope is established to replace the Board of Examiners. It determines standards and syllabuses, conducts the School Elementary Examination, the School Higher Examination and the Matriculation Examination, and confers degrees.