HC Deb 24 February 1927 vol 202 cc1944-5W

asked the President of the Board of Education how many definite complaints have reached the Board in the last year of teachers who have taught party politics of any kind to the children under their charge; bow many cases he has investigated; and what action he has taken in any such cases?


I do not know what exact meaning the right hon. Member desires to attach to the words "definite" and "party politics." The instances referred to in my speech at Liverpool on 6th January were all based on actual incidents which had been brought to my notice and in the same speech I pointed out the difficulties of taking administrative action to deal with such incidents. My information does not support but, on the contrary, negatives the idea that such incidents are frequent. All it shows is that in the teaching profession, as in every other profession, there are a few injudicious people, but that the profession as a whole consistently and admirably resists the pressure put upon it from certain quarters to give tendencious teaching.