Monday, 25 August 2008

Deklivo la News Letter:

The popularity of Irish with GCSE and A-level students is plummeting, with the subject suffering a bigger percentage decline in popularity than any other subject across the UK.

The latest Government figures from the Joint Council for Qualifications and local examination body, CCEA, reveal the subject has suffered significant declines over the last two years.

This year Irish A-level was only studied by 248 pupils – a fall of 11 per cent since last year and a drop of 24 per cent since 2006. In that year 329 pupils sat Irish at A level.

However, as the overall number of pupils taking the exam is much lower than for mainstream subjects such as English or the sciences, which have thousands of entries, a reduction of a mere 20 or 30 entries from the previous year can cause a large percentage decline in the popularity of the subject

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