Tuesday 25 June 2019

Five local schools to receive funding

Brendan Keane

Five secondary schools in County Wexford are to receive grants in support of the roll-out of new Leaving Certificate subjects in September when Physical Education and Computer Science will be on the curriculum for the first time.

The schools due to receive funding include: Coláiste Bride (Enniscorthy), St Mary's Secondary School (New Ross), Creagh College (Gorey), St Mary's CBS (Enniscorthy) and the Presentation Secondary School (Wexford).

Around the country 64 schools will receive grants from the Department of Education and the size of the funding allocated to each will be dependant on the number of students involved.

Computer Science will be introduced as a leaving cert subject in two schools: St Mary's CBS in Enniscorthy and Creagh College in Gorey.

Speaking about the allocation Minister Paul Kehoe said the Wexford schools will receive €3,000.

'The introduction of Physical Education as a full examinable Leaving Certificate subject reflects the priority this Government puts on promoting healthy lifestyles,' he said.

He added that the introduction of Computer Science is aimed making Ireland a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) leader in Europe.

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