§ 13. Mr. Haselhurst
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she is satisfied with the teaching of technical skills in secondary schools.
§ Mr. Haselhurst
Is it not alarming that employers have to say to new entrants that they should forget all that they have learnt in school? Is there not some merit in considering the teaching of technical subjects from a more centralised basis within a given area and in conditions more akin to the conditions of the workplace?
§ Mr. Oakes
That is indeed alarming. I do not know whether I would agree with the school or the employer when a statement like that is made. I agree with the hon. Gentleman that technical skills are as important as academic skills. I also agree that sometimes sufficient emphasis is not given to the youngsters who may make and repair things with their hands as distinct from the person who uses his mind.
§ Mr. Spearing
Apart from the unsatisfactory situation of skills for teaching technical subjects, does my hon. Friend agree that the building regulations specifying sizes of workshops in schools are not realistic? Will he look at this so that the advice which he receives can be assessed?
§ Dr. Boyson
Since the great debate referred to industrial experience among teachers, will the Minister particularly bear in mind that, as well as technical teaching in schools, some outside employment is particularly important if the boys are to have confidence in the teachers?