§ Mr. Boyden
asked the Minister of Education how many boys and girls, respectively, were withdrawn in 1959 from grammar schools in England and Wales before reaching the age of 16 years and before taking the General Certificate of Education ordinary level examination, respectively; and what percentage these premature leavers form of their grammar school age group.
§ Sir D. Eccles
Provisional figures for the educational year ending 31st July, 1959, show that 4,600 boys and 6,200 girls, representing 8.6 per cent. and 12 per cent. of the grammar school age group left maintained grammar schools in England and Wales before reaching the age of 16.
No figures are available for those who did not take the G.C.E. examination.