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Irish Medium report three-year delay unacceptable - Mullan

23 January, 2019 - by Karen Mullan

Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has called on the Department of Education to explain why it took three years to publish a report containing recommendations designed to improve the educational outcomes for children in Irish medium pre-school education. 

The party education spokesperson said:

“While I welcome the publishing of the Research on the Educational Outcomes of Pre-School Irish Medium Education I find it quite astonishing that a report designed to benefit young children learning through the medium of Irish has taken three years to publish.

 “This move comes on the back of a meeting I held last with the Education Permanent Secretary and officials from Irish Medium schools.

“The recommendations contained within the ‘Research on the Educational Outcomes of Pre-School Irish Medium Education’ are now three years-old. This raises the question is the report and its recommendations out of date and obsolete?

“I would call on Department to review urgently the findings of the report and implement any and all recommendations that remain valid.

“I will be meeting again with Permanent Secretary and I will raise this matter.

“I want to know how the department plans to progress and resource the learning experience of pre-school children taught through the medium of Irish and for the Department to explain why this report lay unpublished for three years.” 

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