Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD says his party is committed to protecting History as a core subject for the Junior Certificate.

Deputy Byrne made the comments after making a submission to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment on behalf of Fianna Fáil.

“I strongly believe that having History as a core subject at Junior Cycle is a key part of educating Ireland’s young people. Our knowledge of history allows us to understand past events, enabling us to understand our identity and to have the knowledge to deal with current problems in society,” explained Deputy Byrne.

“Learning about history is vital to understanding who we are. We should be using the centenary of the 1916 Rising to reinvigorate and re-emphasise the history curriculum. We must ensure that every student who emerges from our education system knows about and understands the key events that shaped us as a nation and the wider world.

“Efforts have been made in recent years to remove History as a core subject for the Junior Certificate. This is a short sighted move which will only serve to damage young people’s education in the long run. Fianna Fáil believes that History must be a mandatory subject in schools at Junior Cycle, and this commitment was contained in our General Election manifesto.”