St Louis High School in Dublin has a proud tradition of modern language teaching. Students at the school regularly win scholarships for their performance in German in the Junior and Leaving Certs.
The scholarships are funded by the German foreign office. German teacher Brenda Capper said the decision by the Government to scrap the primary school language initiative was short–sighted.
"More students should be learning German because it is the most widely spoken native language in the European Union.
"Some students in Ireland don't study the language because they think it is difficult.
"There is also an attitude that German people speak English so well that there is no need for us to learn their language. That works fine if you are on holiday, but it is not good enough if you are working."