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One teacher gets €8,573 cheque as over 1,600 receive arrears from Department

Arrears totalling €4 million have been repaid, after problems calculating rates for new teachers last year.

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THE DEPARTMENT OF Education has paid arrears to 1,654 teachers after problems calculating pay for new entrants to the profession last year, following the introduction of new salary scales.

At primary level, arrears were paid to 839 teachers who were deemed new appointees in 2012 – a total of €2.68 million. €1.24 million was paid to a total of 814 secondary teachers.

The highest payment at primary level was €8,573.80, and the highest in second level was €5,799.65. According to the Department:

All arrears relating to new appointees and allowances 2012 have been paid to primary and post primary teachers.

However, there could be individual cases where teachers have yet to submit information to enable a determination to be made on their appointment status.  These are being dealt with as the information is received.

The payments were only processed last month, despite teaching unions raising the issue last autumn. The department says “the changes to systems for the 2012 cohort of staff were complex and could not be implemented until agreement on various issues was obtained”, adding:

The payroll systems normally are updated immediately on changes to salary scales, budget changes, tax changes etc. and it is likely that this will continue be the position for the future.

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