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Politics to become a Leaving Cert subject

EDUCATION chiefs are planning to bring politics to the classroom, writes John Walshe.

Knowing how TDs and senators are elected could net students valuable 'points' in the Leaving Cert in future, the Irish Independent has learned.

The new subject, titled 'Politics and Society', is aimed at making young people more active citizens.

One of the first tasks facing the next Education Minister will be to decide when the new optional subject will be introduced. The consultation process has revealed huge support among young people and teachers for its introduction.

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