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Wrong priorities over languages taught in schools

Published 09/04/2015

I find it incredible that the Minister for Education, John O'Dowd, has approved (according to Danny Kinahan MLA) the teaching of the secondary school curriculum through the medium of the Irish Language, while cutting the programme to teach foreign languages in primary schools.

Yes, I agree that everybody in Northern Ireland should have at least a basic knowledge of both Irish and Ulster-Scots.

But to put the funding for teaching Irish above German, French or Spanish is highly irresponsible. So, in the future, our current primary school children may not be able to get a job in Munich, Paris or Madrid, but at least they might be able to get a job in Dublin or Cork.

OBSERVER

Carrickfergus, Co Antrim

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