§ MAJOR RASCH (Essex, S. E.)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council of Education whether, considering that Clause 24, Instructions to Inspectors, 1895, has been in the instructions some years, and that inspectors almost invariably give a problem (involving more than one rule) to the second standard, he will direct Her Majesty's Inspectors to adhere to Clause 24?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL (Mr. A. H. D. ACLAND,) York, W. R., Rotherham
The paragraph in the Instructions to Inspectors referred to by the hon. Member does not lay down any rule as to giving or not giving a problem in arithmetic to children examined in the second standard. I believe that it is the usual practice of the inspectors to give four sums to such children, and two of such sums are required by the instructions to be set in concrete quantities. I cannot ascertain that any complaints have been made to the Department as to the present practice of Mer Majesty's Inspectors in setting sums for the second standard.