Written Answers. - Leaving Certificate Examination Failures.

272.

asked the Minister for Education how many students failed in the Leaving Certificate Examination in Irish in each year from 1952 to date inclusive.

The total number of pupils from recognised secondary schools examined in Irish and the number of them who failed in that subject at the Leaving Certificate Examination in each of the years 1952 to 1962 inclusive are as follows (it is not to be assumed that these pupils would have passed the Examination as a whole but for their failure in Irish):—

Year of Examination

Total Examined in Irish

Number of Failures in Irish

1952

5,312

367

1953

5,560

298

1954

5,983

327

1955

6,054

467

1956

6,359

423

1957

6,651

439

1958

6,929

535

1959

7,302

598

1960

7,944

175

1961

8,654

270

1962

9,015

307