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National Schools-Ireland

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 4 May 1876

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Question

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, If the present Ministry is responsible for the division of the Irish National schools into two classes—namely, those situated in contributory and those situated in non-contributory Unions; and, whether he would object to give separate statistics of the contributory Unions from those of the non-contributory, as far as salaries and results fees are involved?

I think it might be fairly argued that the Guardians who have refused to contribute towards the results' fees, earned by the National teachers are more responsible than the Government for the division of Ireland into contributory and non-contributory Unions. I have no objection whatever to afford to the hon. and gallant Member any information on this subject that is at my own disposal; but I have already repeatedly endeavoured to explain to him that the mode in which the accounts of the Commissioners of National Education are made up precludes me from giving the separate statistics as to the salaries of teachers in contributory and non-contributory Unions which he desires. But taking the whole population of Ireland as the basis of calculation, I believe that about 1s. 8¾d. per head of the population is paid by way of salaries and results' fees to teachers in non-contributory Unions and 2s.d. per head of the population to teachers in contributory Unions.