Active Citizenship Bill 2013 successfully produced

The Active Citizenship Bill has been successfully produced by Senator Daly and his team. To read the Bill in its entirety, just look below. To seek any further information on the matter, contact Mark’s office!

ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP THROUGH EDUCATION BILL 2013

BILL

 

Entitled

 

An Act to provide for the introduction of a new course in the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate syllabi so as to ensure that students are adequately equipped with life skills prior to the completion of their education at second-level and to provide for related matters.

Interpretation.

  1. In this Act, “Minister” means the Minister for Education and Skills.

 

 

Addition of active citizenship to junior cert syllabus.

  1. (1) The Minister shall, by way of Regulations made under this section, provide for the introduction of an additional subject, termed “Active Citizenship – Part I”, which shall form part of the junior certificate syllabus.

(2) Active Citizenship – Part I shall be–

(a) a compulsory subject, and

(b) examinable as part of the junior certificate examinations.

 

 

Addition of active citizenship to junior cert syllabus.

  1. (1) The Minister shall, by way of Regulations made under this section, provide for the introduction of an additional subject, termed “Active Citizenship – Part II”, which shall form part of the leaving certificate syllabus.

(2) Active Citizenship – Part II shall–

(a) be an optional subject,

(b) attract a maximum of 50 CAO points, and

(b) be examinable as part of the leaving certificate examinations.

Active citizenship course content.

  1. When making regulations under sections 2 of 3 the Minister shall prescribe the course content so as to ensure that the following areas are addressed therein –

(a) mental health,

(b) bullying,

(c) social networks,

(d) suicide awareness and prevention,

(e) alcohol awareness,

(f) drug awareness,

(g) volunteering,

(h) community relations, and

(i) any other topic which the Minister determines to be appropriate.

Regulations.

5.(1) The Minister may make regulations in relation to any matter referred to in this Act as the subject of regulations or for the purposes of enabling any provision of this Act to have full effect.

(2) Every regulation or order made by the Minister shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as practicable after they are made and, if a resolution annulling the regulation, order or rules is passed by either House within the next subsequent 21 days on which that House has sat after the regulation, order or rules are laid before it, the regulation, order or rules shall be annulled accordingly, but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder.

 

Short title and commencement.

  1. This Act may be cited as the Active Citizenship Through Education Bill 2013.
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