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Hanafin diktat to Gaelscoileanna totally misses the point

26 July, 2007


Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has accused Education Minister Mary Hanafin of being totally disingenuous in relation to her approach to Gaelscoileanna.  He said ‘the fact is that all of the evidence suggests that the total immersion approach used for younger pupils in Gaelscoileanna has been very successful.’  He said ‘It is the government which has taken an a la carte approach to Irish language education and this is what needs to be urgently addressed.’

 

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

 

“I believe that the Education Minister is being totally disingenuous in relation Irish language education.  The fact is that all of the evidence suggests that the total immersion approach used for younger pupils has been very successful. 

 

“The Minister accuses Gaelscoileanna of adopting an a la carte approach to the teaching of english.  The opposite is actually the case.  All those involved in Gaelscoileanna – parents, pupils and teachers – have led the way in terms of education in this State.  They have shown a commitment which is often lacking in government and have achieved very strong educational standards across all subjects including english. 

 

“The reality is that it is the government which has adopted an a la carte approach both in terms of support for the development of Gaelscoileanna and the teaching of Irish in other schools.  It is this fundamental problem which needs to be urgently addressed.”ENDS

 

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