Written Answers. - Religious Teachers.

163.

asked the Minister for Education the number of religious teachers teaching in (a) national schools, (b) secondary schools for each year 1969-1970 to date and the numbers as a percentage of the total teaching profession in each sector.

The information requested by the Deputy is as follows:—

Religious Teachers

1969/70

1970/71

1971/72

1972/73

1973/74

1974/75

1975/76

1976/77

1977/78

National Schools†

2,851

2,632

2,579

2,563

2,404

2,331

2,213

2,194

2,089

Religious Teachers as a percentage of the total number of Teachers in National Schools:

19.2

17.5

16.7

16.4

14.9

13.9

13.0

12.7

11.9

Secondary Schools*

2,396

2,349

2,418

2,495

2,500

2,386

2,375

2,337

2,341

Religious Teachers as a percentage of the total number of Teachers in Secondary Schools:

35.4

32.3

30.2

29.0

27.2

25.3

24.2

23.0

21.6

†Figures exclude temporary unqualified Teachers and Supernumeraries.

*Teachers in receipt of Incremental Salary.