HC Deb 11 July 1890 vol 346 c1483
MR. LEAMY (Sligo, South)

I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland why it is that, since the 30th of June, 1888, the teacher of the Buninnadden Boys' National School has been denied the assistance of a monitor, although the average attendance during the year, which commenced on that day, was sufficient to entitle the teacher to that assistance; whether the average attendance at present is sufficient; whether the Commissioners have been frequently asked by the Very Rev. Canon MacDermot to appoint as monitor a boy who passed in the 1st stage of the 6th class at the last results examination; and will the appointment be now made?


The Commissioners of National Education report that the school is not one in which the Inspector would be justified in recommending the appointment of a monitor, as the teacher, who had to be censured upon the result of the two last annual examinations of the school for its very inferior condition, could not be considered qualified to instruct and train monitors. The average attendance is now sufficient, but this is one only of the conditions under which a monitor may be appointed. The Very Rev. Canon MacDermot has never asked the Commissioners to make the appointment, but the Very Rev. Canon Stenson, manager of the school, wrote a letter on the 6th instant to the Commissioners applying for the appointment. The candidate monitor, John Henry MacDermot, however, even if the teacher were thoroughly efficient, could not be appointed, for at the examinations he failed in spelling, in grammar, and in geography, and the ordinary scholar's course.