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
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.