§ MR. CROMBIE (Kincardineshire)
I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland how many of the twenty-five senior and ten junior inspectors of schools hold diplomas in the Theory and Practice of Education from any British university; and whether it is the intention of the Department to ask those not so qualified to undergo a period of training.
§ THE SECRETARY FOR SCOTLAND (Mr. SINCLAIR,) Forfarshire
So far as is known no inspector in the service of the Department holds a diploma of the kind mentioned. Such diplomas, so far as the Scottish universities are concerned, are of recent institution, and the universities granting them have now discontinued 720 their issue, following upon the institution of the provincial committees for the training of teachers. It is not the intention of the Department to ask any inspector in actual service—all of whom have had experience in teaching before appointment—to undergo a period of training. Adequate training as well as sufficient experience in teaching will be a condition of future appointments.