HC Deb 26 October 1908 vol 194 c1590

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the inspectors of schools in Circuit 7, Belfast, still insist on the teachers entering in the ordinary roll book not only the time of their arrival at school each day, but also the time of their departure; and whether, seeing that the National Board of Education have no rules or regulations authorising the inspectors to act in such a manner, and the fact that no such demand is made by other inspectors of schools, he will take steps to have such instructions withdrawn.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Commissioners of National Education assume that in all national schools a record is kept of the teachers' attendance, and there is a query relating to this record in the form of return which the teacher of every national school is bound to have in readiness for the inspector on his visit. The Commissioners think that such a record is necessary, and they have no intention of withdrawing their query on the subject.