Forty schools to offer computer science as Leaving Cert subject
Pupils in 40 schools will start studying computer science for the Leaving Cert from next September.
Schools were invited to apply to participate in the first phase of the subject's roll-out and Education Minister Richard Bruton has today named the 40 that have been selected,
Pupils will sit the first Leaving Cert exam in computer science in 2020, the first State exam to introduce online testing.
Overall, 30pc of the marks will be awarded for a project done in school, and 70pc will be for the June exam, which will be computer-based.
Employer bodies have long been calling for the introduction of computer science at Leaving Cert level, to give school leavers a foundation in what is an essential skill for the modern workplace, and it was recommended in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) programme in 2016.
The syllabus aims to foster creativity and problem-solving and develop in students an appreciation of the diverse role of computing technology in society and the environment in which they live.
The selected schools are: Abbey Vocational School, Donegal; Adamstown Community College, Dublin; Breifne College, Cavan; Bush Post Primary School, Dundalk; Carrigaline Community School, Cork; Castleblayney College, Monaghan; Christ King Girls Secondary School, Cork; Clongowes Wood College, Kildare; Coláiste an Chraoibhin, Fermoy; Coláiste Bríde, Dublin 22; Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom; Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig; Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar; Coláiste na Ríochta, Listowel; Coláiste Phadraig, Lucan, Co Dublin; Coláiste Pobail Setanta, Dublin 15; Creagh College, Gorey; Dominican College Sion Hill, Dublin; Ennistymon Vocational School, Co Clare; Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG, North Monastery, Cork; Le Chéile Secondary School, Dublin 15; Loreto College, Swords; Luttrellstown Community College, Dublin 15; Mayfield Community School, Cork; Moate Community School, Co Westmeath; Mount Sion CBS, Waterford; Mount Temple Comprehensive, Dublin; Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel; Rice College, Westport; Sacred Heart, Clonakilty; St Eunan's College, Letterkenny; St Aidan's Comprehensive, Cootehill; St Brigid's Mercy, Tuam; St Joseph's, Rush, Co Dublin; St Mary's CBS, Enniscorthy; St Vincent's, Dundalk; St Finian's Community College, Swords; Stratford College, Dublin 6; Synge Street CBS, Dublin; Terenure College, Dublin.