HC Deb 24 June 1903 vol 124 cc394-5

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that, notwithstanding the promise of the Resident Commissioner that no teacher would lose a penny by the new system of payments, the principal teacher of school, Roll Number 15,020, District 11, has lost over £60 in the last three years, while the teacher of a similar school with the same attendance, the same service and qualifications, but whose average during the three standard years was normal, would receive over £800 more in salaries before being pensioned than the teacher of this school, supposing them to be equal and to get all available increments; and will he state how many similiar cases there are in Ireland, and to what cause are they due; and will he make inquiries with a view of removing the alleged grievance.


The Commissioners of National Education report on this Question as follows: No such unqualified promise was given by the Resident Commissioner. The Commissioners do not admit the supposed loss of income alleged by this teacher. In fixing Mr. Kyle's income under the present system he was allowed not merely his average earnings during the preceding three years, but was specially granted the highest amount earned by him in any of those years. This was allowed irrespectively of the triennial increments and possible promotions provided for deserving teachers under the rules. The Commissioners could not enter into a discussion on or consider the hypothetical circumstances put forward in the latter part of this Question.