HC Deb 01 March 1886 vol 302 cc1523-4

asked the Secretary for Scotland, Whether the Education Department will so amend the Education Code for Scotland that the two hundred and fifty annual attendances by pupils required to earn the grant may be made, under proper safeguards, at two different schools; and, if not, if he will be good enough to state the objections of the Department to amend a rule which is stated to act prejudicially to country ratepayers and to the children of farm servants, who have frequently to change their places of abode?


The question referred to by my hon. Friend has been frequently considered by the Department. It must be borne in mind that if the present restrictions were removed the Treasury would probably require that the scale of grants should be lower. With regard to the alleged injustice to the children, it should be understood that the want of the qualifying attendance is no reason why a child should not be presented for examination to earn an exemption certificate; and it is for school managers to prevent any injury being done to the children with the view of increasing the grant.