asked the Minister of Education what is the present estimated shortage of teachers in infant schools; how many more would be required to ensure that no class contained more than 40 children; and how many infant school teachers now in training will become available at the end of the present college year.
Two thousand five hundred additional teachers would be required to reduce the size of infants classes now to a maximum of 40 children. This summer some 2,800 teachers trained primarily for infants schools will be leaving the permanent and emergency colleges, and another 1,000 will have included infants teaching in their training. Seven hundred such teachers have already entered the schools from the emergency colleges since last September. It is expected that most of these new teachers will be required to make good normal wastage due to retirement at the end of the school year.