asked the President of the Board of Education what progress has been made in the establishment of junior instructional schools for boys intending to enter the building industry; and whether opportunities will be given to girls desiring entry into appropriate sections of this industry?
Since the issue last February of the Board's Circular 1582 to local education authorities asking for a considerable expansion of junior technical schools for building, 95 new schools or extensions of existing schools have been opened; providing for an annual intake of 3,146 pupils. Eleven further new schools or extensions are expected to open shortly for an additional annual intake of 485. These schools are of a pre-apprenticeship type for the training of boys in the building crafts. Authorities would, I am sure, make facilities available for girls to train for openings in the industry that may be appropriate for them.