Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Questions (138)

Andrew Doyle

Question:

138. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Education and Skills the total number of teachers, both primary and post-primary, on the payroll of his Department; the breakdown of this figure, in tabular form; the total number of full-time primary and post-primary teachers on the payroll of his Department who have ordinary degrees (Level 8), Masters degrees (Level 9) and PhDs (Level 10); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33751/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The total number of teachers at 31st March 2013 are: 32,276 Primary; 16,823 Voluntary Secondary, Community and Comprehensive; and 10,699 Education and Training Boards (ETBs). It is a matter for the Teaching Council to determine the education, training and qualifications required for a person to be registered as a teacher. Therefore, my Department does not now record details of individual teacher qualifications. Allowances are payable in respect of various qualifications and the number of teachers on the payroll of my Department in receipt of allowances in respect of the qualifications referred to by the Deputy are contained in the following table.

Education and Training Boards (ETBs) employ and pay their own staff and, accordingly, my Department does not have available to it a breakdown of the numbers of ETB teaching staff in the categories requested by the Deputy. The Deputy should note that this information does not represent the total number of teachers that hold Level 8, 9 and 10 qualifications. Additional qualification allowances are not payable to existing teachers from the 5th December 2011 apart from those who were undertaking an approved course of study on that date. The value of the allowance payable was capped at the value of the Honours Primary Degree allowance from that date also. Qualification allowances are not payable to teachers appointed with effect from 1st February 2012. Therefore, there may be teachers on my Department's payroll who hold the qualifications referred to by the Deputy but who are not in receipt of an allowance in respect of same.

NUMBER OF PRIMARY, VOLUNTARY SECONDARY, COMMUNITY AND COMPREHENSIVE TEACHERS IN RECEIPT OF THE FOLLOWING ALLOWANCES:

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PRIMARY

POST PRIMARY (EXCLUDING ETBs)

Primary Honours

 19,818

 8,949

Masters Degree

   3,089

 3,078

Doctorate

       44

    124

Points to note

1. The table above provides the number of teachers in receipt of various Qualification Allowances at the date the information was retrieved from the Departments Payroll records. This is subject to change as teachers submit up to date information regarding their qualifications

2. Teachers in receipt of Level 7 (Pass Degree) Allowances are not included in the table above