§ 22. Mr. BLACK
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he can state the policy of the Government with respect to remedying the position in many rural schools where one teacher is teaching standards 1 to 7, where such teachers state that it is physically impossible to impart satisfactory education, and where many of the older children leave school without getting beyond the fifth standard?
§ Mr. TREVELYAN
I am, of course, aware of the difficulty to which the hon. Member refers, which is due to intractable geographical conditions necessitating the provision of very small isolated schools. The Board are suggesting to local education authorities the desirability of concentrating as far as possible the older children of neighbouring villages in suitable centres with a view to improved classification and organisation.
§ Mr. MONTAGUE
Has the right hon. Gentleman's attention been called to the serious overcrowding, particularly in London, of infant classes in the schools because of the large number of "under-fives"?