The state also maintains a variety of technical schools, for agriculture, engineering, architecture, painting, music, &c. The whole system of public instruction is controlled by the minister of education and an advisory council.
Its existence dates from 1867, but its authority was very limited, chiefly advisory, until 1895.
The ministers are appointed and removed by the president, take no part in the sessions of congress, and are responsible to the president alone for their advisory acts.
There is a governor's council of five members, one from each councillor district, which has advisory duties and shares with the governor most of his powers.
In 1840 the Althing was re-established as an advisory, not as a legislative body.