Young people have recommended that the three years before the junior cert should be reduced to two in a recent report launched by the Government.
Entitled the Report of a Consultation with young people on reform of the Junior Cycle,the document sets out key areas to be addressed according to a group of 88 participants from Comhairle na nÓg.
The report calls for more and improved classes in Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and Civic, Social and Political Education(CSPE). It also recommends that Maths and English should be the only mandatory subjects and that more help with the transition to second level should be provided.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD and Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, jointly launched the report with Mr Quinn stating that “it is this kind of active learning which we are trying to promote in the reform of the Junior Cycle”.