Dáil Éireann - Volume 445 - 18 October, 1994
Written Answers. - Leaving Certificate Statistics.
Mr. J. Bruton Mr. J. Bruton
245. Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education the proportion of leaving certificate students who take German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese; and the targets, if any, she has to increase this proportion over the next five years. [1462/94]
Minister for Education (Ms Bhreathnach) Niamh Bhreathnach
Minister for Education (Ms Bhreathnach): Details of the proportion of students who took German, Spanish and Italian in the Leaving Certificate examinations in 1994, 1993 and 1992 are set out as follows.
In recent years, as can be seen from the table, there has been a great increase in the numbers taking German. My Department encourages schools to provide tuition in German, Spanish and  Italian but there are no specific targets set in this respect.
The position regarding Portuguese is that it is not an approved subject to the leaving certificate examination. However, because of its status as an official EU language, my Department occasionally provides examinations for students who are native speakers of the language. In these exceptional circumstances, examinations of written work only, at the standard of leaving certificate higher level, are provided.
Dáil Éireann 445 Written Answers. Leaving Certificate Statistics.