Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Questions (77)

Shane Cassells

Question:

77. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason new full-time primary school teachers have to wait six weeks to receive their first salary payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41329/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Primary school teachers are employed by the managerial authorities of schools. The documentation necessary for the placement of teachers on payrolls operated by my Department must be approved by the managerial authorities and submitted to the payroll division to enable the teachers to be paid. There are legislative matters such as vetting and registration of teachers which the managerial authorities must ensure are complied with. Teachers can only be placed on payroll when certification is received from the managerial authorities that these procedures have been complied with.

The school year commences on the 1st September and ends on the following 31st August. There are over 9,000 appointment and re-appointment applications to be processed in advance of the start of new school year. A commitment was given to schools and teachers that if fully completed appointment forms were received by my Department on or before 13th July 2018 then the first salary payment would begin on 6th September 2018. This commitment was met and surpassed in many cases. My Department continues to receive appointment forms for teachers for this current school year and will continue to process appointments for the payment of salary in a timely manner.