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Start your week-end with : Thirteen Senses – Into the fire

Friday, October 8th, 2010
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Monday, October 4th, 2010

All-boys schools are not the answer

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

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What about you ?

Would you be ready to attend a single sex school ?

Why ? Why not ?

Irish schoolchildren are the worst in Europe for learning foreign languages

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Almost one-fifth of teenagers leave school without a foreign language, according to a new study.

The average secondary school student in Europe was learning more than one foreign language in 2008, but 19pc of their Irish counterparts left school without one.

Only 3pc of Irish primary school students learn a foreign language, lagging well behind the EU average of 79pc.

But the figures could be skewed in favour of non-English speaking countries.

The report, compiled by the EU’s statistical office ahead of European language day tomorrow, does not include the numbers studying Irish or English.

The Department of Education says that 81pc of secondary pupils study three languages — Irish, English and a European language.

– Sarah Collins in Brussels

Irish Independent

Over 100,000 Irish workers expected to leave country before 2012

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Jobless rate of 13.6% means return to Ireland’s culture of emigration as fears of a double dip recession set in.

When the economy became the fastest growing in Europe the Irish diaspora headed home, to be followed by an influx of workers from countries such as Poland and Lithuania.

With the jobless rate now running at 13.6%, for many Irish workers the only option once again is to look abroad.

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