No plans to review funding for teaching of European languages in primary schools

Wednesday 02 May 2012 11.39
Ireland is the only EU country that does not teach a European language in primary schools
Ireland is the only EU country that does not teach a European language in primary schools

The Department of Education has said there are no plans to review a Budget decision that cut funding for the teaching of modern European languages in primary schools.

This follows what appeared to be an indication from the Taoiseach in the Dáil today that there may be a review of the measure.

Enda Kenny said that the reallocation of funding for the initiative was "not finalised for good".

The Taoiseach said he realised the importance of modern languages in an "increasingly global world".

Ireland is the only EU country that does not teach a European language to primary school pupils.

The Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative provided €2.5m towards the teaching of European languages in a small number of primary schools.

However, the last Budget redirected that funding to the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy instead.

Despite the Taoiseach's comments, a Department of Education spokeswoman said the department had no plans to revisit this decision.