Of the laity; secular.
- From 1850 until the national legislation proposed by Jules Ferry in 1880 forbade tuition in all public primary schools, a substantially higher percentage of students in Catholic schools paid no tuition compared to those in laic schools.
- As the system reached completion, Catholic schools were not simply sharing in educational growth but actually taking students away from laic teachers.
- Here, as everywhere it is very favourable to congregational schools but generally it does not make open war on laic institutions.
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