HC Deb 07 June 1917 vol 94 c342

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the condition of education, primary, secondary, and technical, in Ireland is the most backward in the United Kingdom; that the salary paid to national teachers is scarcely above that of the agricultural labourer; and that only £40,000 is given from the State for secondary education; and what steps he proposes to take to deal with this question?


asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the neglected condition of education in Ireland, primary, secondary, and technical, is such as to require immediate financial assistance of fully £1,000,000 per annum in addition to the grants already given; and whether, considering the salaries paid to national teachers, that only £40,000 is being paid for secondary education, and this only for three years, that nothing has been given for training teachers or erecting schools, steps will be taken to bring those sources up to the requirements of progressive communities?


I am engaged in discussing with the Departments and the representatives of the teachers the conditions of Irish education and of those employed in instruction with a view to making necessary amendments.