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Military College (Advertisement For Assistant Masters)

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 22 April 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for India why is it necessary, when advertising for two assistant masters who are to teach geo- graphy and history at an Indian military college, to emphasise that previous teaching experience is not essential but that candidates must be public school men?

The school in question is run on public school lines, and experience of public school life has consequently been regarded as a necessary qualification for masters.

Is the Minister aware that an advertisement such as appeared in "The Times" quite recently does irreparable damage to us in countries like America and does not help in any way to promote good will and understanding with the peoples of India?

No. Sir; these schools are based on residence and on a certain amount of self-government by the boys themselves, and it is necessary that masters should be acquainted with the method of organisation.

Will my right hon. Friend explain why half the Labour members of the Government wear the old school tie?

Can we take if that, generally speaking, for posts of this kind public school experience is a substitute for teaching experience?

Is not the Minister aware that many of us consider that in view of the rapid flux and iconoclasm of the times the qualification resented by the hon. Member for Doncaster (Mr. E. Walkden) in his Question is essential not only for the guidance of youth but also for the ruling of this great Realm and Empire?

Will the Minister keep in mind the fact that the Labour members of the Government who have been to public schools do not advertise for public school propagandists?