Education Reforms

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th June 1993.

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Photo of Mrs Ann Taylor Mrs Ann Taylor Shadow Secretary of State 12:00 am, 15th June 1993

When the Secretary of State is discussing the so-called reforms in Norwich or elsewhere, will he apologise for his appalling proposals to dilute the professionalism of teachers in our schools by introducing a semi-trained mums' army? That proposal is again uniting parents and teachers against the Government. Does not the Secretary of State recognise the critical importance of education in the early years and the fact that if things go wrong at that stage they may never be put right? Does not the right hon. Gentleman recognise that the highest possible level of professionalism is required for the unique responsibility of introducing our children to formal education? Is he really seeking more confrontation?