I am aware that the revised scales of the principals' and deputy principals' allowances are not payable to teachers who retired prior to 1 September 1996, the date from which it was agreed that the revised scales would be effective.
The amount of a principal's or deputy principal's allowance is determined by a scale which is related to the size of school involved. With effect from 1 September 1996, the basis for payment has been changed from a system based on numbers of pupils enrolled to a system based on numbers of teachers employed; the scale of payments has also been extended with the effect of increasing the maximum allowance payable.
Any increase in the principal's or deputy principal's allowance which arises due to the restructuring of the scale is payable only to retired teachers who have received an increase in pay as a result of holding the scale point in question during service. An increase arising from the restructuring of the scale is not payable, therefore, to teachers who retired prior to 1 September 1996. This is in line with the longstanding practice that the scale of an allowance payable is determined at the date of retirement and that the retired teacher will continue to receive the benefit of the scale reached at retirement irrespective of whether enrolments in the school fall or rise after retirement.
There is no practice in my Department which decrees that retired principals will have "parity of entitlements" with those currently retiring. Parity in the case of teachers has always involved a distinction between incremental salary and allowances. The long-standing practice of my Department, dating back to at least 1968, is that the benefits of increases in salary are reflected in the pensions of all retired teachers and that the benefits of allowances are reflected in the pensions of retired teachers who held those allowances during service.