HC Deb 24 March 1899 vol 69 c339
MR. MORRELL (Oxon, Woodstock)

I beg to ask the Vice-President of the Committee of Council on Education whether, with a view to encourage managers of rural schools to select subjects of educational value more appropriate to the industrial needs of country life than grammar, he would consider the desirability of removing English from the "class" to the "specific" group of subjects in the Code, open to individual children above the Sixth Standard only, thereby giving more prominence to the other, and especially agricultural, subjects in the "class" group?


This matter shall be considered before next year's Code; but the proposed change is not absolutely necessary, as managers who regard English as an unsuitable subject of instruction for rural children need not adopt it, whether it be included among "class" subjects or among "specific" subjects.