3 DECEMBER 1948, Page 16

Snz,—May I give details of one type of so-called "highly

specialised" sixth-form work ? I am in charge of boys reading history for the Higher Certificate Examination. In addition to history they take another main subject, usually French, and two subsidiary subjects, i.e., English and another language. Two periods a week are devoted to divinity, one to general science and one to current affairs. Within the history syllabus there is, of course, room for introductory studies in political science, economics and the arts. In my opinion this provides a better form of education for intelligent boys than the prolonging of their School Certifi-