HC Deb 20 April 1885 vol 297 cc144-5

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether the Commissioners of National Education (Ireland) have recently, in several cases, deprived teachers of all results fees obtainable for passes in extra subjects under note xiii. (b) on Extra Subjects Programme, when the number of passes fell as low as twenty per cent.; and, what is the minimum per-centage of passes for which the Commissioners will award fees in such cases?


There is no hard-and-fast rule on this subject. Each case is decided on its merits; but those cited by the hon. and learned Member, where the number of passes fell as low as 20 per cent—in other words, where only one child in five could make satisfactory answers—were obviously cases in which the Commissioners should refuse to make a grant.


I would ask the right hon. Gentleman, will the Commissioners make a hard-and-fast rule, for the teachers complain very much of the doubt on the subject?

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