Advertisement

Renewed calls for Education Minister to make History a core junior cycle subject

History could remain an optional subject at junior cycle level following a review by the National...
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

13.14 25 Sep 2019


Share this article


Renewed calls for Education Mi...

Renewed calls for Education Minister to make History a core junior cycle subject

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

13.14 25 Sep 2019


Share this article


History could remain an optional subject at junior cycle level following a review by the National Council for Curriculum Assessment.

The review was ordered after criticism that History was removed as a core subject under the new junior cycle framework.

RTÉ reports the as yet unpublished review has recommended no change to the subject's optional status.

Advertisement

The Education Minister Joe McHugh must now decide if he will accept the findings of the review.

The Government has confirmed Minister McHugh's department received the report in July, and he is now giving it "full consideration".

Secondary school teachers' union the ASTI says it is disappointed at the recommendation by the NCCA.

ASTI President Deirdre Mac Donald argued: “The calls for History to be a core subject at Junior Cycle have attracted considerable support from reputable academic figures and the public at large. The ASTI lends its voice in full support.

“In particular, the ASTI shares and supports the ‘deep and profound concern’ expressed by President of Ireland Michael D Higgins that history will no longer be a core subject."

The union said it is "strongly of the view" that there's enough space available within the current plans to "create appropriate space for all subjects".

Meanwhile, Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin also called on Minister McHugh to ensure history remains a core subject.

She argued: "He needs to step up and ensure our children and future generations do not suffer as a result of a dumbing down of the school curriculum under his watch.”

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, meanwhile, said it's "absolutely imperative that we cultivate and nurture the study of history".

Main image: File photo of Education Minister Joe McHugh. Picture: RollingNews.ie

Share this article


Read more about

History Joe Mchugh Junior Cycle

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

The Hard Shoulder

The Hard Shoulder

16:00-19:00

Share

Up next

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

19:00-22:00

Share

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-19:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on