Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (152)

Seán Kyne

Question:

152. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the date on which a teacher would have to have graduated from a Masters degree course and have commenced a Masters degree programme to be eligible for the qualification allowance which has been discontinued. [49304/12]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

People who were first employed in a teaching post (qualified or unqualified) in the public sector on or before 4 December 2011 and who have completed a course of study which commenced on or prior to 4 December 2011 only will be eligible to apply for allowances for that course of study. Additional allowances are not payable for qualifications acquired following a course of study which commenced on or after 5 December 2011.

People first employed in a teaching post (qualified or unqualified) in the public sector between 5 December 2011 and 31 January 2012 (inclusive) will be assessed for allowances on the basis of their qualifications at entry to the profession to a combined maximum allowance equivalent to that of an honours primary degree. No additional allowances are payable for qualifications obtained following entry to the profession.

Teachers who are first employed in a public sector teaching post on a qualified or unqualified basis on or after 1 February 2012 will commence on the February 2012 salary scales. No allowances are payable for qualifications.

Where applicable, qualification allowances will become payable where the teacher is eligible to be in receipt of the qualified rate of pay; i.e. where a teacher is appropriately qualified and registered for the sector in which they are employed.

Further information is expected to be issued from my Department in the near future. Once published, it may be accessed on www.education.ie.