HC Deb 13 December 1945 vol 417 c602
34. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Minister of Education whether she is prepared to recognise for grant the remuneration paid to teachers engaged.in supervising preparation classes at the Stratford and Plaistow grammar schools, West Ham.

Miss Wilkinson

Preparation classes, like various other school activities, inevitably entail additional work for the teachers, by whom it is generally accepted as part of their professional employment. I do not feel that I should be justified in recognising for grant special remuneration to teachers in the particular circumstances to which my hon. Friend refers.

Mr. Lewis

Is the right hon. Lady aware that in West Ham there has been a terrible amount of bomb damage and, therefore, the school children cannot do their home work at home, and must of necessity do it in the school? Is it fair that the local councils should have to find out of the local rates £700 a year, bearing in mind the fact that the Board of Education did until March, 1939, make provision for things of this kind?

Miss Wilkinson

I must ask my hon. Friend to take my word for it that we have looked at the matter very sympathetically, but the difficulty is that there is so much work done out of school time by teachers. It is impossible to remunerate most of it and difficult to pick out any local authority.

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