§ Mr. Longden
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many students at colleges of education failed to complete the three-year course in each of the last five years.
§ Mr. Crosland
The length of the normal college course was increased from two to three years in 1960. Of the students admitted to three-year courses in 1960, 1961 and 1962 about 1,700, 1,400 and 1,450 respectively withdrew during 43W the course or failed in the final examination; examination failures account for about one-third of these numbers, but many of the students concerned subsequently retrieved their failures. The figure for students admitted to three-year courses in 1963 is not yet available.