Uncertificated Teachers, London.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Myers Mr Thomas Myers , Spen Valley

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asked the President of the Board of Education if he is aware that the London County Council have decided upon the introduction of 100 uncertificated and untrained persons as teachers in the elementary schools within their area; whether this decision has been suggested or recommended to the county council by his Department; whether the proceeding meets with his sanction or approval; whether any extension of the policy is contemplated: and, having regard to the imperative necessity for trained teachers to be in charge of children during the early period of school life, if he will take such steps as will ensure a reconsideration of the policy referred to, with a view to its being suspended or discontinued?

Photo of Mr Herbert Fisher Mr Herbert Fisher , Combined English Universities

I understand that the proposal of the council relates only to classes in which the majority of children are under five years old. Perhaps, therefore. I may refer the hon. Member to the reply I made on the 13th March to the hon. and gallant Member for South-East Essex (Lieut-Colonel Hilder).