The Irish education system is divided into three main levels: Primary, Secondary, and Higher Education.
Primary education, also known as “national school,” typically starts at age 4 or 5 and continues until age 12 or 13. It spans eight years, from junior infants to sixth class.
Secondary Education: S
econdary education is divided into a three-year junior cycle followed by a two or three-year senior cycle. Students take the Junior Certificate exam at the end of the junior cycle and the Leaving Certificate exam at the end of the senior cycle.
Language: Most subjects in primary schools are taught in English, but there are also Gaelscoileanna where Irish is the medium of instruction.
Free Education Scheme:
Since the late 1960s, the Irish government has provided free secondary education to all students, covering the cost of textbooks, transport, and certain other fees.
Ireland boasts several world-renowned universities, including Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. The country also has institutes of technology and colleges that offer vocational and technical training.
Ireland is a popular destination for international students, especially for English-language courses and postgraduate programs.
Ireland has one of the highest literacy rates in the world, a testament to its strong educational foundations.
The Irish education system has been evolving to provide better support for students with special educational needs, with many mainstream schools offering inclusive education.
The Irish education system undergoes regular reforms to adapt to modern needs. Recent changes include a new framework for the Junior Cycle and an increased emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects.