30th August 2019
The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has today issued a revised Circular on exemptions from Irish – Circular 0052/2019, replacing Circular 12/96.
The Circular states the grounds on which an exemption may be granted. There will be no need in future for psychologists’ reports. Decisions will be the responsibility of the principal teacher and there will be an appeal mechanism. The DES intends to issue guidelines for schools to accompany the Circular. INTO will analyse the Circular and Guidelines and provide advice to teachers based on this analysis.