HC Deb 03 August 1903 vol 126 cc1287-8
MR. FLYNN (Cork Co., N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he will state how many teachers in the service of the Commissioners of National Education, who are officially registered as first division of first class, are precluded by the seventy average (Rule 195 J) from attaining the maximum salary attached to the first section of the first grade; how many of these teachers are, as at present circumstanced, debarred from receiving any increments to their present salaries, as indicated in Rule 200, Section 2 (c); and whether, seeing that such teachers have been promoted to that class as a reward for efficiency and scholarship, as well as for long service, he will direct the attention of the Commissioners to their alleged grievances.


I am informed by the Commissioners that there are 142 principal teachers registered under the old regulations as in the first division of the first class, who, owing to the fact that there is not an average attendance of severity pupils at the national schools in which they are serving, cannot receive the maximum salary prescribed for first division of the first grade teachers, and cannot receive any increments to their present salaries. These and other first division of first class teachers who are serving in smaller schools have no grievances under the new system of payments. The first grade income under the new system is an entirely different thing from first class salary under the old regulations.


Will the right hon. Gentleman communicate with the Commissioners and point out the undesirability of the placing these Civil servants in a worse position in regard to promotion than other Civil servants?


I understand that they are not labouring under any such grievance.