Monday, 24 March 2008

Des: 1, Mary: 0

…de la Irish Examiner:

The Irish language has been boosted more by comedian Des Bishop than the minister whose job it is to promote it in schools, a primary teachers’ leader said last night.

Angela Dunne, president of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), criticised Education Minister Mary Hanafin’s decision last year to ban the use of total immersion education in all-Irish schools.

The policy, used in most gaelscoils to teach entirely through Irish, and not begin English teaching in some cases up to first class, was firmly prohibited beyond the first term of junior infants in a directive issued to schools, but is currently the subject of a legal challenge...

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