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Scotland (Teachers)

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 22 March 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what policy he proposes in order to overcome present and prospective difficulties in attracting and retaining teachers, particularly for secondary schools.

Although there is at present a shortage of primary and secondary teachers, the students coming from the schools, together with those training under the Government's Emergency Scheme, will bring about steady improvement from this Easter. Pre-war standards should generally be restored at varying dates between 1949 and 1952, but I cannot say when the shortage of teachers of mathematics and science will be overcome.