asked the Secretary for Technical Co-operation what further proposals he has to encourage more teachers from this country to take teaching posts for a few years in those countries which are unable to meet their educational needs from their own resources.
In 1962, 270 teachers were recruited and we hope to do better this year. It is still difficult to attract the senior and experienced teachers who are especially in demand. I shall be consulting the National Council for the Supply of Teachers Overseas about further steps to improve recruiting.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a demand for thousands of teachers in these countries? Is he further aware that many teachers are reluctant to take short-term teaching posts overseas because of possible adverse effects on their careers in this country? What discussions is my right hon. Friend having with local education authorities and universities to see whether some scheme can be devised to that overseas service helps and does not damage their careers in this country?
I have the last point very much in mind, and one piece of work done by the National Council for the Supply of Teachers Overseas has been to draw up what I might call a code of secondment which, among other things, takes my hon. Friend's point into account. We shall certainly be pursuing this actively with the local authorities. With regard to the supply, I know that there is great need, and although I can do no more than hope, my hope is that last year's figure will be substantially succeeded.