HC Deb 03 March 1904 vol 131 c76
*MR. LONSDALE (Armagh, Mid)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, whether, in view of the fact that the inspectors of Irish primary schools, while praising the enthusiasm and diligence of the teachers, have reported that the practical training of pupil teachers and monitors is unsatisfactory, he will consider how far this is due to the schools being understaffed and insufficiently equipped with teaching apparatus; and whether he will recommend that the balance of the Irish Development Grant should be devoted to the purposes of primary education in Ireland.


The Commissioners were not satisfied with the training given to pupil teachers and monitors, a result largely attributable to the defective system of training pursued by teachers in whose schools they were employed. The manner in which it is proposed to allocate the Development Grant will be shown in the Estimate shortly to be laid on the table.

In reply to a further Question, Mr. WYBDHAM said he could not in an Answer across the floor of the House embody the speeches he had made on the Education Estimate.


Is there any Committee of Inquiry sitting on this?


The hon. Member must give notice of that.