HC Deb 27 August 1907 vol 182 cc376-7
MR. HAYDEN (Roscommon, S.)

To ask the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that Irish teachers who spent two years in training before 1898, und received their certificate in Ireland, are not recognised as certificated teachers in England; and whether, seeing that Irish teachers who have been trained since 1898, and who have passed their qualifying examination, are recognised as certificated teachers, will he take steps to put these older teachers in an equally good position with their juniors.

(Answered by Mr. McKenna.) The hon. Member is not quite correct in stating that Irish teachers who were trained before 1898 are not recognised as certificated teachers in England. These teachers are eligible for recognition provided they are certificated in the first class by the Irish Commissioners of National Education. I fear that, in justice to the Irish teachers who were examined under the revised system and to English teachers, I can hold out no hope of this condition being modified or relaxed.