HC Deb 03 June 1924 vol 174 cc1084-5W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the provisions of the Burnham scale of salaries for teachers as at present administered by the Board of Education provide that an extra £25 per annum shall be paid to teachers in secondary schools who have obtained a good honours degree, and that the definition of such a degree under Sections 4a and 6b of the Burnham Report is such that second-class graduates in honours of universities where the results of preliminary or intermediate examinations are issued in the form of a list in order of merit or a, graded class list, or where the second-class list of the final examination for honours is sub-divided, can qualify for the extra payment more easily or with a shorter period of residence than the majority of second-class honours graduates at Oxford, owing to the fact that at Oxford there is no preliminary or intermediate examination, divided into classes of merit, for most of the honour schools and the second classes of the final honour schools are not sub-divided; and whether he will take measures to alter a definition which bears unfairly on many Oxford graduates who have taken second-class honours?


The provisions referred to were determined by the Burnham Committee and not by the Board. I am aware that experience has shown them to be open to criticism. I share the hope expressed by my predecessor that they will be re-considered when the scales next come under review. That review is now being undertaken by the Burnham Committee, but I cannot anticipate their conclusions.