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Newly Appointed Teachers

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Education what proportion of the 13,000 new teachers, who have reached the national schools during the past 12 months, consists of temporary teachers, emergency teachers, two-year trainees at permanent colleges and graduate teachers, respectively; and what is the total number of pupils from the extra age group now attending the national schools

The number of teachers employed in maintained and assisted primary and secondary schools increased by about 12,000 during the calendar year 1946. There was a wastage of about 12,000 on account of retirement, etc., and an intake of about 24,000, of whom some 11,700 were men returned from war service. It is not possible to give particulars of the qualifications of the newly appointed teachers, but information will be available in due course showing the changes in the total numbers of teachers employed in the various categories. The total number of pupils from the 14–15 age group attending school additional to those already attending before the 1st April is small, being mainly confined to those whose 14th birthday has occurred since that date and who would have had to remain at school until the end of this term if the compulsory age had not been raised.