Teachers (Conscientious Objectors).

Oral Answers to Questions — Education. – in the House of Commons on 11th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Cecil Wilson Mr Cecil Wilson , Sheffield, Attercliffe

asked the President of the Board of Education how many education authorities have in any way, and by what methods, penalised men and women teachers, respectively, professing pacifist views or who are conscientious objectors; what the total number of such teachers has been since August, 1939; and for how many children would such teachers be responsible if they had not been penalised?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

The responsibility for terminating the appointment of teachers and for any disciplinary action in regard to them rests with the local education authorities or Governing Bodies of schools, as the case may be, and my right hon. Friend has not the detailed information for which the hon. Member asks. He is aware that some authorities have terminated the engagement of teachers on the ground that they have registered as conscientious objectors.