Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (148)

Martin Heydon

Question:

148. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress to date in including politics and society as a leaving certificate subject; the timeline for inclusion of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11922/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As you are aware I recently announced that I have decided to make the subject Politics and Society available to students as part of the suite of Leaving Certificate subjects. On foot of this, my Department recently wrote to the NCCA seeking its advice on a number of issues which need to be addressed before the subject can be made available since the NCCA completed a specification for Leaving Certificate Politics and Society in 2011. Until I receive advice from the NCCA I cannot give an implementation date. However, I plan to prioritise its introduction, once I have received the NCCA's advice, subject to the normal constraints on the system.