§ MR. BIGGAR
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, What experience in teaching had Mr. William Robertson before being appointed Assistant Inspector of Schools; whether the Commissioners of Irish National Education are aware of the dissatisfaction felt by the teachers of the Londonderry group of districts at the unnecessary severity of his examinations; whether he is in the habit of telling high-classed teachers, in the presence of their pupils, that they do not know how to teach the subjects of the school programme; and, have the District Inspectors frequently cancelled his markings at Results Examinations, and passed whole classes that he has marked as failed?
§ MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
I am informed that Mr. Robertson had 15 years' experience as a monitor and teacher, and was a first class teacher at the time of his appointment as Assistant Inspector. As regards the rest of the Question, the Commissioners have no knowledge of any such circumstances. If any specific case is reported to them they are quite ready to institute inquiry.