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Seanad Éireann debate -
Thursday, 17 Dec 1998

Vol. 157 No. 17

Scientific and Technological Education (Investment) Fund (Amendment) Bill, 1998: Committee and Remaining Stages.

Section 1 agreed to.
Question proposed: "That section 2 stand part of the Bill."

Mr. Ryan

Science is not a compulsory subject for the junior certificate, much to my astonishment. If the Minister intends to broaden the number of——

Mr. Ryan

I am glad to hear it. Children's focuses are narrowed if they are not required to learn even the rudiments of science in the junior certificate. It should be a required subject if we hope to broaden their interests. I am not saying another subject should be removed. I would be happy with a large and diverse junior certificate even if it meant lowering the standards in each subject. It is better for children to do a sample of many subjects than to become too focused too soon.

Question put and agreed to.
Title agreed to.
Bill reported without amendment and received for final consideration.
Question proposed: "That the Bill do now pass."

On behalf of this side of the House, I thank the Minister for coming in and for the courtesy which he has shown to us. This is a very important Bill and we welcome all its implications. We look forward to the contribution it will make to the development of our economy.

I thank the Minister and would like to wish him a happy Christmas.

I thank the Senators for their contributions and wish them a peaceful and restful Christmas.

Question put and agreed to.