asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health the number of teachers employed in Scottish schools in the years 1919, 1920, 1921, and 1922; the number of pupils in each of these years; the number of classes in elementary schools in Scotland at, present exceeding 45 pupils on the roll; the number of classes exceeding 60 pupils on the roll; and the number of extra teachers which would be required to staff the schools if the maximum number of pupils on the roll was reduced to 45?
§ Captain ELLIOT
The number of teachers in grant-earning day schools in Scotland in 1919 (excluding secondary schools) was 21,740, and the number of scholars 837,923, giving one teacher to 38 scholars. In 1920 there were (including secondary schools) 24,792 teachers and 870,372 scholars, one to 35; in 1921, 23,668 teachers and 869,376 scholars, one to 36. For 1922 the provisional figures show 24,710 teachers and 861,715 scholars, being one teacher to 35 scholars. The particulars asked for in the remainder of the question are not in the possession of the Department, and could only be obtained by means of a special return from education authorities and other managers.