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New report heightens concerns in teaching of primary and secondary Irish

A new report has raised concerns about the teaching of Irish at both primary and secondary level.

Inspectors from the Department of Education found that standards in Irish are poorer than those in English and Mathematics.

The Chief Inspector's Report covers almost 5,000 inspections in schools and centres for education between January 2013 to June 2016.

It says the quality of teaching and learning of Irish was "less than satisfactory" in 28% of schools examined.

However, at both primary and second level, inspectors found that while overall the standards of teaching and learning were good or better, more lessons were "good" rather than "very good".

The union representing secondary school teachers has welcomed the report while the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPDP) warns that the current teacher shortage issue is another area which threatens to undermine quality of education.

"While today’s findings are very encouraging, I am also mindful of the remaining challenges for secondary education," said Clive Byrne, director of the NAPDP.

"Curriculum reform at senior cycle is an area where we would like to see more progress so that we build on the improvements outlined today’s Chief Inspector’s Report and address those where greater attention is needed.

"The current teacher shortage issue is also another area which threatens to undermine quality of education at primary and post-primary levels."