Gaffney wants his­tory to re­main manda­tory

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“There were fears be­ing ex­pressed that if his­tory be­came an op­tional sub­ject, then some chil­dren could go through our sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem with­out ever learn­ing about Ire­land’s strug­gle for free­dom, our jour­ney from con­flict to peace on this is­land and about the Ir­ish lan­guage and its place in our cul­ture and our her­itage,” says Blaine Gaffney, Fine Gael Lo­cal Area Rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Gaffney was among those who wel­comed the news that a re­view of the op­tional sta­tus of His­tory un­der the new Frame­work for Ju­nior Cy­cle is now un­der way.

“Par­ents will be aware that prior to the in­tro­duc­tion of the new Ju­nior Cy­cle Frame­work, His­tory was a manda­tory sub­ject along with Math­e­mat­ics, English and Ir­ish and there was calls for the Min­is­ter to re­verse this de­ci­sion.

“I would firmly be of the opin­ion that his­tory needs to be re­turned to the manda­tory cat­e­gory.”

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