HC Deb 14 February 1961 vol 634 c1223
13. Mr. Gourlay

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that Fife Education Authority is at present employing 280 uncertificated teachers, and that one large secondary school has no certificated teacher in English; and whether, in view of this staffing position, he will take immediate steps to effect an improvement.

Mr. Brooman-White

My right hon. Friend is aware of the serious shortages of teachers in Fife and in some other areas in Scotland, and he is doing, and will continue to do, all he can to improve the supply of teachers.

Mr. Gourlay

Is the Minister aware that the position in Fife at the moment is extremely bad, and that it is getting steadily worse and that there are still too many disincentives in the teaching profession? Will he treat the matter as one of extreme urgency and put into effect many of the recommendations he is bound to receive from various quarters in Scotland?

Mr. Brooman-White

We shall certainly do all we can to improve the situation.

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