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Certificated Teachers

Volume 480: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many unemployed emergency-trained teachers there were in Scotland on the latest date for which statistics are available.

As there is a shortage of teachers in Scotland, no statistics of unemployment are kept. If certificated teachers are prepared to serve where they are needed they should have no difficulty in finding posts.

Is my hon. Friend aware that there are cases in Scotland of teachers who were trained in English colleges being refused permission to teach in Scotland? Will my hon. Friend consult the appropriate department and get this ridiculous situation remedied?

Men or women in that category are refused permanent posts in Scotland because the training they have received in England does not give them Scottish certificated standards, and I think that that is proper.

Will my hon. Friend agree that the standard of the English colleges is not inferior to that of the Scottish colleges?

It might be rather imprudent of me to give a fair answer, but we in Scotland have insisted on a longer period of training, and I think that for Scotland we have been right in doing so.