§ MR. JOHN CAMPBELL (Armagh, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state what degree of proficiency is necessary in Irish national schools to entitle a teacher to an increment within the second division of first grade, and not obtaining promotion to the first division of first grade; and how many teachers whose records were three "goods" for the three preceding years have got such increments since the introduction of the new rules.
§ MR. ATKINSON
In the case of teachers in the second division of first grade awards of continued good service salary are made triennially to the teachers of schools with an average attendance of not less than fifty pupils, when the work done in the school shows merit, and the general condition of the school is satisfactory. The Commissioners form their judgment of the merit of the work and of the condition of the school from the reports of their inspectors and the official records. The Return asked for cannot be furnished, as three good reports, though forming an important element in the circumstances for consideration in connection with the award of increments, would not necessarily secure such award.