HC Deb 28 November 1983 vol 49 cc393-4W
Mr. Peter Robinson

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether he has any plans to change the present staff-student ratio in Northern Ireland's teacher training colleges;

(2) what are the staff-student ratios in each of the teacher training colleges in Northern Ireland;

(3) what is the staff-student ratio recommended for teacher training colleges by the Department of Education.

Mr. Scott

The current staff/student ratios are as follows:

Stranmillis college 1 : 5.9
St. Mary's 1 : 6.8
St. Joseph's 1 : 6.7

The recommended ratio is 1:10; a disproportionately lower figure prevailed in recent years due to the reduction in student numbers, but the target of 1:10 has been firmly established for the commencement of the 1985–86 academic year and the colleges are already taking measures to achieve this objective.

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