Why history should remain optional in junior cycle

Carl O'Brien: 'There is no binary choice between having history or none during the junior cycle'

Junior Cert students from Temple Carrig School in  Greystones, Co Wicklow, get  a nice surprise  before getting their results  last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Junior Cert students from Temple Carrig School in Greystones, Co Wicklow, get a nice surprise before getting their results last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Late last year Minister for Education Joe McHugh requested a review of the optional nature of history in the junior cycle.

It was against a background din of criticism from heavyweight critics such as President Michael D Higgins who feared that the subject was being downgraded.

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