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Politics to be added to Leaving subjects

IF you thought Peig was bad, spare a thought for this generation of Leaving Certers.

Politics is now being added to the list of subjects taught at Leaving Cert level.

No doubt 18-year-olds across the country will be less than impressed to learn that the perceived dull topic is now an option for studying for their final school exam.

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn confirmed that 'Politics and Society' will shortly be included within the suite of subjects available to schools.

However, former school principal Fine Gael TD Jim Daly said there has been a surge in interest in politics.

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"I previously worked as an Outreach Education Officer for the Houses of the Oireachtas, whereby I visited secondary schools to tell them about the workings of our parliament.

"I found that that there is an enormous appetite among second level students for information relating to how their country is governed and how decisions relating to taxes and expenditure are made."

Mr Daly added: "Many of the mistakes of the past may not have been made if people took a greater interest in the workings of Government during the Celtic Tiger era.

"That has changed since the downturn and I am delighted the Government is playing its part by encouraging the study of politics by students at second level. This bodes well for the welfare of society and the development of democracy into the future."

cmurphy@herald.ie


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