90 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason secretarial administrators throughout the primary school sector have not received a pay increase since 1992; the reasons this category of worker remain outside the national pay agreements; the proposals, if any, he has to rectify the pay scale for these workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19826/98]
Written Answers. - Secretarial and Caretaking Services.
My Department provide funding towards the cost of secretarial services in primary schools under two separate schemes. One scheme is the 1978 scheme for the employment of school secretaries under which my Department meets the full cost of salary and employer's PRSI. School secretaries employed under the terms of this scheme have received pay increases as provided for under the various national pay agreements. This scheme is, however, being phased out as posts become vacant.