Fianna Fáil to set out vision for senior cycle reforms

Published on: 31 July 2019

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has said that Fianna Fáil will be setting out education priorities to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) as part of their consultation on changes to the senior cycle.

Deputy Byrne said it’s important that the NCCA is afforded the time and space to finalise its report and that snippets from an interim report, suggesting the demotion of the Irish language subject are not helpful.

He explained, “The NCCA has been consulting students, teachers, parents and other education stakeholders for the past year. It’s now inviting the views of individuals and organisations and the Fianna Fáil Party will be making a detailed submission.

“What’s abundantly clear is that the senior cycle should be based on best interests of students, our priorities as a nation and ensuring we follow best international practice.

“Fianna Fáil have committed to Irish as a compulsory subject up to Leaving Certificate. At the same time, we believe that Ireland needs a robust policy on international languages – one that is dedicated, realistic and achievable. Unfortunately, this Government has failed to provide any comprehensive vision that would transform modern language education in this country.

“Whatever the outcome, we want to ensure that Ireland is well placed to deal with the fallout associated with Brexit. Central to that is ensuring we educate people in international languages which will maintain a competitive foothold in global and European markets”, he concluded.

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