HC Deb 01 April 1873 vol 215 cc401-2

asked the Vice President of the Privy Council, Why the Scotch Education Department of the Privy Council have not prepared and given notice of regulations in regard to the examination of teachers, in terms of the fifty-seventh section of the Act 35 and 36 Vic. c. 62, Education (Scotland) Act, 1872, which enacts— It shall be the duty of the Scotch Education Department immediately after the passing of this Act, and thereafter from time to time to make such regulations as they may see fit in regard to the time and manner, and the subjects of the examinations to be passed by such persons as desire to obtain a certificate of competency, and to regulate the conditions on which candidates may be admitted to examination, and the notice to be given thereof.


Sir, the Education Department of the Privy Council have not yet issued the regulations in regard to the examination of teachers as contemplated by the section of the Act in question; and the reason why they have not done so is that it is inconvenient—I may say useless—to issue such regulations until it has been determined what change should be made in the conditions of the Parliamentary Grant to Scotch Schools, that is, till the New Code for Scotland has been issued. The right hon. and learned Gentleman may be aware that the Education Department have no power to issue such Code until they have received suggestions from the Scotch Education Board, which suggestions have not yet been received.