The NCCA says the requirement for questions based on the Koran are explicitly stated in the syllabus. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

A requirement that all students who sit the Arabic exam in the Leaving Cert must study the Koran is to be reviewed by education authorities. Ever s(...)

More than half (61 per cent) of Irish Times readers do not agree with plans to introduce new classes about religion into primary schools, according to(...)

The curriculum would focus on learning about the major forms of religions, traditions and views of people around the world, including secular beliefs. Photograph: Getty

Fears over “curriculum overload” have emerged as one of the key concerns in a consultation process over controversial plans to introduce classes about(...)

Seán Fenton, a student at Glenstal Abbey: “I always wanted to be a doctor. That’s gone now.” Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

What happens if a student has an epileptic seizure during his or her Leaving Cert? You might presume they would be allowed to resit or that they woul(...)

 Ruairí Quinn: as minister for education he tried to cut spending by adding the abolition of external assessment of Junior Certificate exams. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

As a practising teacher I work in a hugely supportive environment among colleagues who energise each other through their love of their job. I cannot i(...)

Eight out of 10 primary school principals believe less time should be spent on teaching religion in the classroom, a new survey shows. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters.

Eight out of 10 primary school principals believe less time should be spent on teaching religion in the classroom, a new survey shows. The poll by th(...)

  The new curriculum  will focus on the development of oral language, reading and writing skills. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Primary schools will close for one extra day in each of the next three years to train teachers to introduce a new language curriculum. The curriculum(...)

A new Leaving Cert “politics and society” subject is to be introduced next year and will require students to be familiar with political thinkers such as Karl Marx (above). File photograph: Imagno/Getty Images

A new “politics and society” subject is to introduced to the Leaving Cert syllabus next year and will require students to be familiar with political t(...)

‘It’s outside my brief. The vast majority of children don’t practise [Catholicism], so you’d wonder why teachers are trying to do what parents are not doing’

Religious education is currently allocated 2½ hours a week in Irish primary schools. Considering the social, environmental and scientific education(...)

Under plans announced this week, all primary schools will be required to teach new classes on religion and ethics.  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Under plans announced this week, all primary schools will be required to teach new classes on religion and ethics. However, the new “religion, belief(...)