HC Deb 24 May 1894 vol 24 cc1186-7
MR. MAXWELL (Dumfriesshire)

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether, under Article 17 (b) of the Scotch Code, 1894, the managers of a school will be allowed to pay a teacher partly by a fixed sum and partly by share of the Parliamentary Grant, after paying assistants and pupil teachers; and, if not, whether sufficient time will be allowed to the managers to make such arrangements for the payment of the teacher as will satisfy the new conditions of the Article referred to before the grant is in any case withheld?


The practice of farming a school to a teacher is one which the Department has uniformly discouraged, and the present Code gives more distinct expression to the objection taken to it. Each case must be judged by its own circumstances, but generally the Department thinks that the payment of assistants and pupil teachers ought not to affect the salary of the principal teacher. The Department will be prepared to make a reasonable allowance where the managers have hitherto followed an arrangement which cannot be approved, but which they are prepared to modify. But here also each case must be judged on its own merits.