HC Deb 03 August 1900 vol 87 cc651-2
MR. T. D. SULLIVAN (Donegal, W.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if his attention has been directed to a resolution passed at the annual meeting of the Donegal National Teachers' Association, held at Stranorlar on Saturday, 28th July, wherein complaint is made that when it is considered necessary to introduce industrial subjects into schools, adequate provision is not made for supplying the necessary apparatus from some definite source, as too many inroads are made on the incomes of the teachers in supplying the children free for the most part with school requisites, and in keeping the schools furnished with maps and other appliances; and whether the necessary requisites on the Commissioners' school list under heading "For Use in Schools only and not for Sale to Pupils" should be supplied gratis to National schools on the recommendation of the inspector, as the teachers in many cases have to provide these at their own expense.


The resolution referred to does not appear to have been received. The question of making an equipment grant as an aid to local expenditure, with a view to encourage manual instruction under the new scheme, is receiving consideration by the Com- missioners. The proposal to provide schools with the ordinary apparatus for collective teaching free of cost is not one that can, at present, be favourably entertained.