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Science Teachers

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 28 October 1954

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asked the Minister of Education how many schools have been compelled to close down their laboratories because the teachers have left to take up positions in industry, and owing to the shortage of this type of teacher have failed to obtain others to take their places; and what steps are being taken to increase the number of science teachers.

No case of this kind has been reported to me. I am aware that a number of schools have found difficulty in filling vacant science posts and that this has in some instances meant that the teaching of a particular science has been interrupted. I am examining the wider issue of measures needed to improve the supply of teachers of science, and I will make a statement as soon as I can.