§ 95. Mr. GRANT
asked the President of the Board of Education if he is aware that many schools are closed during epidemics, largely with a view of obtaining the full Grant, and that this practice frequently aggravates rather than curtails the spread of disease; and if, in consequence, he will consider the advisability of revising the existing regulations which reduce Grants owing to non-attendance through epidemics?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. J. A. Pease)
I am aware that in some cases schools have been closed to avoid the reduction of Grant which might follow from reduced attendance due to epidemic sickness. Such a measure does not always conduce to the effective control of epidemics and should not be adopted except on competent medical advice. I am considering the reconstruction of the system of Grants, but I am not in a position to make any statement on the matter.