asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies how many trained teachers there are in the elementary schools in the island of Barbados; and whether, in view of the evidence given by the Elementary Teachers' Association before the Moyne Commission, 1939, that there were 50 education boards controlling 126 schools, mostly with untrained teachers at meagre salaries or even with honorary teachers doing honorary work for five to six years in the prospective hope of an appointment in the schools, any steps have been taken to rectify the position?
Up-to-date figures of the total number of trained teachers now in the elementary schools of Barbados are not available in the Colonial Office, and the Governor is being asked to supply this information. I will communicate with my hon. Friend when his reply is received. In reply to the second part of the Question, the whole question of education in Barbados is at present under consideration by the Governor in consultation with the Comptroller.