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Schools could split Irish education in two

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/03/2011. Schools could split Irish education in twoTags: Secondary School News Teachers News

Secondary school education in Ireland could be set for a major overhaul.

Language Commissioner Sean O Cuirreain stated that the teaching of Irish in the education system could be divided up into two different strands, reports the Irish Independent.

He explained that one of these would be a communications course, with emphasis on writing, reading and speaking Irish, while the other could focus on literature, poetry and drama.

Speaking at the launch of his annual report in Galway, Mr O Cuirreain pointed out that like maths and applied maths, this would count as two separate courses.

"We could have a similar system where everybody would leave school with a basic command of the language, enough where they could watch TG4 or read a newspaper or order a pizza," he said.

This comes shortly after proposals to make Irish an optional Leaving Certificate subject were opposed by a majority in a poll conducted by the Irish Independent and Millward Brown Lansdowne.

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Kevin Sheedy

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