Further to yesterday’s letter in the Irish Times…
Barbara McCarthy, in The Times Ireland edition, reports:
John Hammond, deputy chief executive of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, said that the Koran was included because of its literary and linguistic value rather than its religious value.
The NCCA said that it received a complaint from a Christian parent of a student, contesting the assumption that all Arabic students were Muslims and had a knowledge of the Koran.
Eight separate sections of the Koran are identified as prescribed texts in the exam.
“The council is willing to address the issue that it is compulsory and will look into making it optional for the next school year,” Mr Hammond said.
Yesterday: Leaving Cert Fail