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A Sleight of Hand – Removal of Religious Education from the Primary School Curriculum


The state is planning to remove Religious Education as a subject from the curriculum in primary schools. This is one of the proposals contained in a consultation document entitled Proposals
for structure and time allocation in a redeveloped primary curriculum as outlined by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). The aim of the consultation is to review and renew the current curriculum which was published in 1999. In very broad strokes, the curriculum for primary schools outlines the aims and objectives, learning principles, subjects to be taught and
the time given to each subject. The overall aim of the curriculum is to celebrate ‘the uniqueness of the child, as it is expressed in each child’s personality, intelligence and potential for development.