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Science not compulsory 'due to lack of labs'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 14/05/2013. Science not compulsory 'due to lack of labs'Tags: Secondary School News

The government's lack of money to build the required number of laboratories is the reason why science is not compulsory in Irish secondary schools.

This is according to Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, who was speaking at Tullamore College in County Offaly, where he had been learning about the college's new internet link with other classes in Ireland, Germany and the US, the Irish Independent reports.

Mr Quinn explained the government does not have the money to construct a lab in all of Ireland's second-level schools - of which there are 723.

It was noted that every one of these schools would need a lab in order for the subject to be made compulsory - but he went on to point out that it is about time that the issue of core subjects was given a rethink.

"I think we should be looking at what are the core subjects upon which you can build a base for further education," he added.

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(14-05-2013 15:49)

thats mad considering I went to an all girls secondary school in what was classed as a disadvantage area of Dublin 20 odd years ago and they had 3 labs. Where are these schools that don't have Science labs they must be very small rural schools that wouldn't have enough pupils to raise funding.


(15-05-2013 17:58)

I doubt the percentage is higher for girl's schools as I work in the pharmaceutical industry and the majority of workers in the science laboratory are females


(22-06-2013 21:26)

We had science labs but a choice of home ec or science meant I never even tried the subject. Such a shame it is an optional subject in so many schools and yet it's importance to our economy re. Pharmaceuticals, healthcare and r & d is immense. Loved home ec and its such a great life skill.

William Flynn

(14-05-2013 14:52)

I'm amassed, it would never have occurred to me that a school wouldn't have a science lab.

It would be interesting to know what percentage of schools doesn't have a lab and if the percentage is higher for girl's schools.

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