§ 73. General Sir George Jeffreys
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the arrangements for giving education to persons serving sentences in His Majesty's prisons; by whom is such education given; what are the subjects taught; and in view of the fact that the pupils are in prison on account of crimes committed by them, whether character training forms part of the curriculum.
§ Mr. Ede
At some prisons, including most of those used as training centres and centres for young prisoners, the local education authority arranges classes and supplies the teachers, and in others, despite the handicaps of overcrowding and under-staffing, classes are taken by voluntary teachers and members of the prison staff. The curriculum varies from prison to prison, and covers a variety of subjects. In addition, over 400 prisoners 1421 take correspondence courses. The educational curriculum forms part of the general training system of which character training is one of the primary aims.
§ Sir G. Jeffreys
Should not training invariably be compulsory in education given in prison, in view of the fact that reformation is one of the objects of sending people to prison?
§ Mr. Chetwynd
Is it possible for my right hon. Friend to consider allowing some of the prisoners themselves to take teaching classes?
§ Mr. Edward Evans
Would my right hon. Friend indicate how it is possible to apply a direct method of character training? Does not character training grow out of the curriculum?