HC Deb 15 November 1961 vol 649 cc348-9
20. Mr. Lawson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of schoolchildren in Lanarkshire allocated to a three years' secondary course has subsequently been re-allocated to a four or five years' course.

Mr. Brooman-White

In session 1959–60, the latest for which figures are available, 81 pupils, or about 0.5 per cent. of the total number taking three year secondary courses, were transferred to senior secondary courses.

Mr. Lawson

Does not this show how exceedingly difficult it is to get out of this classification once it has been made? Is the Under-Secretary of State aware that the three-year courses in this part of Scotland do not synchronise with the four-year and five-year courses and that if a youngster wishes to continue at school beyond the age of 15 years there is practically nothing that he or she can do but repeat the third-year curriculum of the third-year course? Is not this a very bad situation?

Mr. Brooman-White

I think that the whole of this matter will come up for further consideration when the report of the Advisory Council on Promotion Procedures is published, and I hope that that will be very shortly.

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