Education minister comes under fire for scrapping the Junior Cert oral Irish exam

The new arrangements mark a significant shift away from the policy of recent years of promoting spoken Irish through the marking scheme

18th March, 2018

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has been accused of putting off students from speaking Irish by scrapping the Junior Cert oral exam.

Current Junior Cert students have the choice of doing the oral Irish exam, which accounts for 40 per cent of the marks, with the written exam accounting for the remaining 60 per cent.

But the new Junior Cycle syllabus for Gaeilge allocates 90 per cent of the marks to a written exam and the remaining...

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