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Size Of Classes

Volume 437: debated on Thursday 8 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Education the present average size of, the classes in the schools under his control and the estimated increase as a result of the raising of the school age.

The average size or classes in primary and secondary schools as a whole was 33.5 in January, 1946, the last date for which figures are yet available. Since my plans for increasing the number of teachers provide for more than sufficient teachers for the extra age group, this figure will be progressively reduced in the next few years.

I asked in the second part of my Question what is the increase that the right hon. Gentleman thinks will take place.

I could not give it without further notice, except to the extent which I -have already indicated.