St Louis Secondary School will offer PE as a Leaving Cert subject from September.
Students of St Louis Secondary School and St Mary's College in Dundalk will be among the first in the country to undertake Leaving Certificate examinations in Physical Education, it has been revealed.
Minister for Education Richard Bruton confirmed on Friday that the two Dundalk schools, alongside Sacred Heart Secondary School in Drogheda, are among 80 schools nationwide that have been selected for the pilot first phase of implementation which will see PE becoming a senior cycle examination subject.
"I am delighted that The Sacred Heart Secondary School in Drogheda and both St Louis Secondary and St Marys’s College in Dundalk have been included in the pilot scheme for schools to study Physical Education at Senior Cycle," Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd said.
"This means that County Louth students could be among the first in the country to take the Leaving Cert exam in PE.”
Students taking PE as a Leaving Certificate subject from September 2018 will sit the very first LCPE exam in 2020. The subject can be taken at both higher and ordinary levels.
Alternatively, schools can implement the Senior Cycle Physical Education Framework which is not for examination. PE as a Leaving Cert will be rolled out in all schools in Ireland from 2020.
The assessment process will have 20% going to a physical activity project; 30% to performance assessment and 50% to a written examination.
"The Fine Gael Government is taking physical education seriously for the health of our nation and this announcement is part of the overall Government focus on encouraging healthy living," O'Dowd continued.
A total of 369 schools applied to participate in the phase 1 roll-out.