HC Deb 21 March 1917 vol 91 c1936W

asked the President of the Board of Education if any steps are being taken to further the teaching of the Russian language in the higher and secondary schools in this country; if the Russian coinage and weights and measures are being taught; if there are sufficient Russian teachers in this country; and if there are atlases with good maps of Russia and Siberia available?


The question of providing for instruction in Russian in State-aided secondary and technical schools is engaging the attention of many local education authorities and governing bodies, and in a few schools classes have already been started. Instruction in the language is provided at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London (King's College), Durham (Armstrong College), Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, and at the University College of Nottingham. There are grounds for thinking that there is not a sufficient supply of competent teachers of Russian in this country. I am unable to say to what extent the Russian system of weights and measures is taught, or how far the atlases available are suitable for present requirements.