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Irish will be back on the GCSE curriculum for England and Wales in two years time it has been revealed.
The language was removed from the school system in 2013 at a time when Coláiste na nGael said there was ‘rising demand’ for the course.
However, Coláiste na nGael, who have been campaigning for the reintroduction of Irish to the British school system since its removal, have greeted the announcement with reservation.
Spokesperson, Christy Evans, told the UK based Irish Post newspaper:
“The partial restoration of GCSE Irish from 2017 is not acceptable,” he went on “We have Irish-speaking children who want to sit the exam now. Irish is a working language of the European Union” and concluded “We must not overlook Irish children in English schools. Irish GCSE must be offered on the same basis as all other GSCE languages.”
The Post reports that: ‘As the median age of Irish-born residents falls in the London region, there is an increase in the number of Irish children in schools around London and Britain in general’.
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