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Teachers Of English

Volume 888: debated on Wednesday 12 March 1975

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asked the Minister of Overseas Development (1) how many teachers of English have been sent abroad to developing countries in each of the years 1964, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1974 ; and, from international sources available to her, how these figures compare with teachers of French sent to developing countries by France in the same years ;(2) to which developing countries were teachers of English sent in each of the years 1964, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974 ; and how many were sent to each country.

The numbers of people engaged during the years in question in teaching in developing countries—including volunteers serving under the auspices of the British Volunteer Programme—who were wholly or partially financed from British aid funds, were as follows :

19642,673
19707,491
19717,253
19727,392
19736,878
1974Not yet available
They served in more than 120 countries. I will send my hon. Friend a detailed list.I regret that our statistics do not readily show how many of these teach English. Many teachers teach more than one subject of which one may often be English. However, the numbers engaged on my behalf by the British Council specifically for teaching English were :
1964 29
1970206
1971234
1972190
1973197
1974197
Statistics issued by the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD show the following numbers of French teachers serving in developing countries. It is not known how many were teachers in French.
196427,017
197024,777
197123,645
197222,367
197321,735
1974Not available