HC Deb 07 May 1908 vol 188 c441
MR. BOLAND (Kerry, S.)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the teachers who have passed through training colleges in Scotland and Wales when applying for posts in England are classed as trained teachers, but that teachers who have passed through similar institutions in Ireland when employed by local educational authorities in England are regarded as untrained, and are consequently in receipt of lower salaries; and whether, in view of the fact that the qualifying examinations in Ireland are as difficult as those in Scotland and Wales, he will say what steps he proposes to take in order to remove the difference of treatment of Irish trained teachers.


I am not aware that any uniform basis of classification as "Trained" or "Untrained" has been adopted by local education authorities, but the matter is entirely one for the discretion of each authority and it is not a question upon which it is within the province of the Board to advise. The Board have had no occasion to adopt such a classification for the purposes of their own administration. For statistical purposes the Board endeavour to include as trained only those teachers who have completed a course of training in a college recognised under their own regulations.