Councillor calls for Health to be taught as school subject

A KILKENNY County Councillor has called for Health to be introduced as a curriculum subject within the Irish education system.

A KILKENNY County Councillor has called for Health to be introduced as a curriculum subject within the Irish education system.

A motion to write to the Minister for Health about the issue, tabled by Fianna Fail councillor John Coonan, was passed at a recent meeting of the Regional Health Forum south. Cllr Coonan is one of the four Kilkenny county councillors who sit on the Regional Health Forum south.

The forum will now write to the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly requesting that procedures be put in place to ‘enable Health as a curriculum subject be prepared, developed and introduced as a matter of important priority to our educational system’.

The forum also recommends that teacher training colleges specifically focus on the teaching of SPHE. At present, post-primary teachers of SPHE are not required to have a qualification in the subject. In addition, schools are not obliged to teach SPHE at senior cycle.