HC Deb 24 June 1918 vol 107 cc722-3
40. Mr. KING

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware of the number of temporary teachers now required by the London education authority; that this deficiency is due to many teachers resigning in order to take up better-paid work with more favourable prospects, and that there is discontent among women teachers; and what action he proposes to take?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Herbert Fisher)

I understand that the London County Council require in all about 800 "supply" teachers. A large number of such teachers is always needed in London, and some increase is now required; but I do not think it is largely attributable to resignations for such reasons as are suggested, but rather to the absence of 2,000 teachers on military service, and to other exceptional circumstances. I am aware that there is some discontent among the women teachers, but on this point I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to him on 10th June.


As the discontent appears to be growing and persistent, will inspectors be sent into the schools to inquire what the real feeling of the women is?

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