HC Deb 22 March 1917 vol 91 c2064
19. Mr. BOLAND

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether, in view of the dissatisfaction in educational circles in Ireland, which are concerned with instruction in science with the new Rule of the-Intermediate Board imposing a written examination for science students, he has taken steps to acquaint himself with the character and strength of the objections entertained; and whether steps will be taken to annul the rule in question?


I saw a deputation with regard to this matter in Dublin during the Parliamentary Recess, and promised them that when the Rules in question came up-for reconsideration they will be carefully reconsidered by the Executive.


Is it not merely playing with the question of scientific education to imagine there can be proper examination simply by written questions?


I do not suppose any person imagines that a written test is a sufficient test. What has been insisted upon by the Intermediate Department is that the examination shall include a written test. That is no new discovery.