HC Deb 15 June 1915 vol 72 cc534-5

asked the President of the Board of Education what allowance he is prepared to make in the case of teachers who, by reason of their having taken up military duties, have been prevented from taking the certificate examination; whether the requirements of the examination can in their case be modified in any way and the period of training shortened; and whether partial disablement incurred in military service will in such cases not be treated as a disqualification for recognition as certificated teacher?


The Board are prepared to grant temporary recognition as certificated teachers without further training or examination to students training for the teaching profession who take up military duties after completing a year at a training college, provided that they serve with the Colours for a year and are recommended by their college authorities. This temporary recognition will hold good for a period not exceeding two years, during or at the expiration of which period the recognition will be confirmed and made permanent if a report is received from the local education authority and from His Majesty's inspector that the work of the teacher has been satisfactory. The Board are considering what allowance they can make in the case of teachers who were proposing to take the certificate examination without proceeding to a training college and who have been prevented from taking the examination by reason of their having taken up military duties. The Board would certainly be disposed to treat intending teachers who have been partially disabled in military service with every consideration, but they cannot at present make any general statement applicable to all such cases.

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