§ MR. SLOAN
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the second division of first grade of national school teachers for the period ending 1903 show that at least two of the last three annual reports be marked excellent or very good; and, if so, will he explain how the award very good is made to cover a period when it did not appear as a printed instruction to inspectors.
(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The Question is not very clear. Teachers were not promoted to the second division of first grade unless at least two of the three annual reports for the triennial period ended 31st March, 1903, were marked excellent or very good. In some of the forms of annual report, now obsolete, used by the inspectors the term very good was not provided for, and the case of any teacher whose promotion to a higher grade might be effected thereby was specially examined with the view of ascertaining whether such teacher merited promotion.