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Thursday 2 October 2014

Varadkar pushes for PE as Leaving Cert exam

Published 12/04/2014 | 02:30

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Leo Varadkar after participating in the Dublin leg of the Swim for a Mile Challenge at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin, earlier this week. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE The Minister wants PE to become a Leaving Certificate exam subject.
Leo Varadkar after participating in the Dublin leg of the Swim for a Mile Challenge at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin, earlier this week. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE The Minister wants PE to become a Leaving Certificate exam subject.

SPORTS Minister Leo Varadkar wants to see physical education (PE) become a full, examinable Leaving Certificate subject. He believes students who excel in the sporting arena should have their efforts recognised in the Leaving Cert points system – but not just for prowess in sport.

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The minister feels that such a course should be made up of a mix of physical challenges, the study of physiology, nutrition and the science around sport.

"I really hope it (PE) can become a full examinable subject for the Leaving Certificate in the way that art or music or home economics are now," he said.

The new Junior Certificate cycle is being introduced this year and PE is set to be a part of that. That development came about after extensive discussions between the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport, the Department of Education, the Sports Council and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

The NCCA is currently working on the development of PE both as a Leaving Certificate subject examination and as a senior cycle subject.

It is expected that the specifications will be submitted to the Department of Education and completed by the summer.

Irish Independent

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