STUDENTS in Louth who wish to complete their education through the Irish language could be catered for in another new school due for completion in 2014.
Co Louth VEC recently publihsed a report on the demand for all-Irish education at second-level in the county. It found that significant levels of demand existed for such provision in places such as Dundalk, Ardee and Drogheda.
The VEC has committed to establishing an all-Irish secondary school in Dundalk by 2012, and hopes to establish an Irish-language unit in a new school planned for Drogheda.
According to the VEC, it will provide all-Irish second-level education provision in the new Louth school planned for 2014, if it is successful in securing patronage of the school.
An Aonad, many of which currently operate in numerous post-primary schools throughout the country, is usually organised as a separate unit from its main or ‘host’ school.
Students study core curricular subjects through the medium of Irish, and use specialist rooms and facilities of the host school at appropriate times.
An Aonad is generally administered by a teacher with the status of assistant principal. Many have their own identity including board of management, school literature and uniform. Applications for patronage of the chool will be submitted to the Department of Education shortly.