HC Deb 19 July 1904 vol 138 cc418-9

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that there is a Treasury rule prohibiting trained teachers from entering the Civil Service unless they refund to the State the sum expended on their training, and that a number of teachers, who had previously served five years as monitors under the National Board, so signed an agreement under that rule in the years 1898 and 1899, while the old rules obtained, are now paid lower salaries than they would have been entitled to under the old rules; and, if so, whether he will urge the Commissioners of National Education to consider favourably the claims of these teachers to be paid salaries according to the rule in force when they signed such agreements.


Under Rule 162 of the Code candidates for training must sign a declaration that they intend bonâ fide to adopt the profession of teacher, and under Rule 169 they mast repay the cost of their training before they are allowed to enter the Civil Service, in accordance with Treasury requirement. But no right is conferred on such teachers to any special rate of salary on appointment to national schools. The regulations are intended to prevent waste of public money by persons who might make the training colleges mere stepping-stones to the Civil Service Teachers, as a rule, receive higher incomes now on being appointed to national schools than they received under the old regulations.