HC Deb 26 June 1919 vol 117 cc373-4W

asked the President of the Board of Education what is the estimated shortage of certificated teachers in the elementary schools at the present time; and what special steps are being taken by the Board to increase the number of teachers?


I do not think there is at the present moment a serious deficiency of certificated teachers in the public elementary schools as compared with the numbers before the War, for many of the men teachers have returned from the Army, and the reserves which were drawn upon during the War are still available. The question of increasing the number of teachers is receiving my constant attention, but I am not at present in a position to make a statement on the subject. The increased salaries and improved pension system will, I anticipate, tend to increase the supply of candidates for the profession.

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