Dáil Éireann - Volume 415 - 18 February, 1992

Written Answers. - Computer Studies Status.

246. Proinsias De Rossa asked the Minister for Education whether there are proposals (a) to give full status to computer studies at second level (b) to give this subject examination status at junior and senior cycle and (c) to train teachers so as to ensure a full computer studies programme in all second level schools; and if he will make a statement on the position of computer studies and computer education in post-primary schools.

Minister for Education (Mr. S. Brennan): Computer studies is an integral part of a range of subjects at both junior certificate and leaving certificate. These include technology, business studies, technical graphics at junior certificate and engineering, construction studies and technical drawing at leaving certificate.

In addition a full syllabus in computer studies for junior pupils has been issued to schools. There is no formal examination, as yet, in this subject. At the leaving certificate level there is a computer studies option available to pupils and the Department of Education award statements to those pupils who achieve a satisfactory standard.

The Department of Education provide a range of in-service courses in the different subjects each year. In-service courses in computer studies for second level teachers have been provided by my Department since 1970. There were five [2103] such courses provided in various locations throughout the country in 1991.

There are no immediate plans to provide a separate examinable subject in computer studies at junior or senior cycle.