HC Deb 01 March 1962 vol 654 c1505
1. Sir B. Janner

asked the Minister of Education whether his attention has been called to the Report of the British Council which comments on the problem of teaching English abroad and the need for training teachers for this purpose; and what action he proposes to take on the Council's recommendations in this respect.

The Minister of Education (Sir David Eccles)

Yes Sir, I have read the report with great appreciation. The main recommendation is for the establishment of a career service in teaching English abroad. The Second Commonwealth Education Conference, which was held at Delhi in January, welcomed a British proposal for the creation of such a service and the practical details are being worked out.

Sir B. Janner

Will the Minister say whether he is making arrangements for the training of teachers in view of the difficulty in this country, or perhaps in one of the Commonwealth countries, of filling the gaps for teachers in the various countries?

Sir D. Eccles

The object of this service is to train experts who in their turn will train those who are to teach English in the Commonwealth.