Incremental credit may be granted to teachers in respect of previous service given in a qualified capacity. I understand that the teacher in question was employed in a qualified capacity since the 1997-98 school year and has been granted incremental credit for that service to which she is entitled. Incremental credit is not allowed in respect of her prior service, which was given in an unqualified capacity.
My Department has received correspondence which has raised again the question of the teacher's qualification status prior to 1997-98. I am arranging to have the case reviewed in my Department and a decision notified as soon as possible. In the event that the teacher is not satisfied with the result of the review, it is will be open to her to appeal her case to the qualifications committee established under paragraph 11.5 of the Programme for Competitiveness and Work .