Education

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1951.

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Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Tradeston 12:00 am, 24th July 1951

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will consider issuing a report covering the progress and changes which have been made in the scope and content of Scottish education during the first half of the present century.

Mr. McNeil:

As was stated in my Report on Education in Scotland in 1950, I am arranging for an historical survey of the Leaving Certificate Examination, with an assessment of its effects upon the development of secondary education in Scotland, to be included in my Report for 1951. An historical survey of the development of technical education was included in a Report of the Advisory Council published in 1946. I will consider the inclusion of surveys of other aspects of education in future Reports.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Tradeston

May I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer?

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Tradeston

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has as to how far education authorities are finding the new promotion schemes an improvement over previous practice, with regard particularly to pliability.

Mr. McNeil:

It is still rather too early to assess what improvement the new promotion schemes have effected, but my in. formation is that they are generally regarded by education authorities as more satisfactory than the former procedure and that they are reasonably flexible in operation.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Tradeston

My right hon. Friend will appreciate that these schemes have been in operation, I think, since 1947. May we hope that in the next Annual Report we will have more than the three lines that are devoted to them in the Report for 1950?

Mr. McNeil:

indicated assent.