Yes, Sir. The principle of this recommendation is one with which I am in full agreement, and I propose, at the appropriate time, to call into consultation representatives of the various interests concerned.
asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been called to the difficulty experienced by qualified teachers and lecturers over 40 years of age in obtaining appointments; and whether he is taking steps, in view of the shortage of teachers, to facilitate the appointment of such teachers and the re-entry into teaching of suitably qualified persons whose teaching careers have been interrupted.
My information is that, so far from qualified teachers experiencing any difficulty in obtaining employment, local education authorities are in many cases unable to fill vacancies in their teaching establishments for lack of qualified applicants. If my hon. Friend will give me particulars of any cases he has in mind, I will gladly look into them.
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he will take steps to allow experienced graduates teaching in secondary schools who have a good teaching record to transfer to posts in elementary schools without being treated as uncertificated teachers.
The whole question of the recognition of teachers will require review in the light of the reconstruction of education contemplated in the Education Bill and particularly the proposed operation as from 1st April, 1945, of Part II of the Bill, under which public elementary schools as such will cease to exist. In the meantime I am aware of no graduate teachers in secondary schools who are in fact desirous of a transfer to elementary schools and who are being deterred by present conditions of recognition.