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Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proposals he has to continue or to extend the provision for alleviating shortages of teachers in technical studies and mathematics through extra retraining facilities for qualified teachers.

The special one-year courses of retraining for qualified teachers who wish to teach craft, design and technology—including engineering—and mathematics in secondary schools which were run by various colleges throughout the country in 1977 and 1978 have been approved to run for a further two years.Financial assistance to encourage teachers and local education authorities to make use of the retraining courses and appropriate initial training courses continues to be available through the Manpower Services Commission.