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Women Teachers (Training)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 20 May 1943

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asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in, view of the urgent need for more teachers on the conclusion of the war, any further measures are being taken to increase the supply of students in the training colleges and departments of education, having in mind that the entry of women students in 1943 is expected to be far short of the authorised number?

I assume that the hon. Member's Question refers particularly to women students. The Board's returns are not yet complete, but there is evidence to show that the number of women students in training colleges and training departments in 1943 will be substantially larger than it was in 1942. I keep the question of the supply of teachers under constant review, and only last February issued a statement, a copy of which I am sending my hon. Friend, designed to encourage recruits to the teaching profession.

Is not my right hon. Friend aware that in spite of a certain increase, the number of entrants will still fall far short of that required, in view of the need for more teachers in future?

We could do with more teachers, and that is why we are doing all in our power to encourage entrants.

Has my right hon. Friend's Department taken any further action with a view to releasing some of the teachers in the Services of low medical category who can be of no possible use in many cases in the Services and so relieve the grievous shortage of teachers?

I am naturally in touch with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service, but I can give no general undertaking of that kind.

Are women students who are undergoing training being called up for the Forces?