I met with officials of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) in November of last year and asked that a review of the optional nature of history under the new Framework for Junior Cycle be carried out. As part of their review the NCCA has also been asked to identify how the study of History in our schools can be best promoted. A new Council of the NCCA was appointed recently. The Council is currently finalising their report. I look forward to receiving the final version of the report when completed by the NCCA and signed off by the NCCA Council in the near future.
I will consider this report in detail before making a final decision on this matter.