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Crowe expresses disappointment at no joint initiative on language

13 June, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson Deputy Seán Crowe, has expressed disappointment that no joint initiatives are currently planned by the National Council for Curriculum Assessment to advance the development of the Irish language sector on an all-Ireland basis.

Deputy Crowe, who raised the question in the Dáil with Education Minister Ruairí Quinn during the week said:

“The National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NCCA) and its counterpart in the North, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment (CCEA), have held periodic joint meetings in the past that are designed to promote a number of key strategic goals. Minister Quinn confirmed that presently, no joint initiatives are under way despite the fact that in the past both Councils engaged in joint work on the use of mobile phones to support the teaching of Irish, and on guidelines for schools in supporting exceptionally able students.

“On a more positive note, An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), which is funded by the Department Education and Skills, is to co-ordinate the provision of teaching resources for Irish medium schools, and will work in partnership with CCEA to jointly plan the development of resources where appropriate.

“I welcome the fact that COGG has recently agreed to invite CCEA to appoint a representative to its board to further develop this partnership.

“The COGG, CCEA and An tÁisaonad in St Mary's University College, Belfast have a database of all resources available for Irish medium education on the island of Ireland. An early literacy programme is currently being developed by these three organisations and the first stage will be available this September.

“Sinn Féin will continue to promote with others the development and growth of the Irish language on an all-Ireland basis and I will be meeting the North’s Education Minister, John O’Dowd shortly to discuss how we can progress these important matters further.” ENDS

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