Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Irlandalingvo Abandoniĝas

…de la Irish Independent:

The number of pupils opting out of studying Irish in schools is rocketing.

At second level alone, 30,000 students -- close to one in 10 of the post-primary population -- were granted an exemption from studying the national language last year.

They claim it is too difficult, but more than half of them study another language, such as French or German, without question.

Plans by the Department of Education to tighten up the rules for opting out of Irish have yet to materialise, about five years after a review started.

Irish is a compulsory subject but a student may be awarded an exemption on one of a number of grounds...

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