§ Dr. ADDISON
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he would insert such provisions in the code, in addition to or in alteration of existing provisions, as would secure with the least avoidable delay that the subjects referred to in the Elementary Schools (Instruction in Hygiene) Bill shall be taught in a simple form in public elementary schools as widely as possible?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Trevelyan)
The Board have for some time past endeavoured to secure that the elementary principles of hygiene and temperance should be taught in public elementary schools, and instruction of this kind is given, either incidentally or otherwise, in most of the schools. In order to secure that such instruction may be effectively given the Board have, for some time past, required that hygiene should be included in the ordinary course for the certificate at training colleges for teachers in elementary schools. When next the code is under revision the Board will consider whether they can usefully make further requirements as to the instruction in hygiene which should be given in the public elementary schools. I may perhaps remind the hon. Member of the fact that the Board have recently issued syllabuses of lessons in hygiene, temperance, physical exercises, and suggestions for instruction in infant care and management.
§ Dr. ADDISON
Will the hon. Gentleman take into consideration the instructions required to be given by the Bill on this subject?
§ Mr. TREVELYAN
I may remind the hon. Member that the Board have recently issued instructions dealing with this question.