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New Leaving Cert Languages May Not Be Available In Every School

In the end it could be down to demand at individual schools.

A Westmeath guidance counsellor says new Leaving Cert subjects will only be introduced in schools if they have a need and the resources.

From next year, Lithuanian, Polish, Portugese and Mandarin Chinese will be introduced to the senior cycle curriculum.

But it's raising questions as to whether there's enough staff qualified to teach the subjects - and students interested in taking on the languages.

Betty McLoughlin, guidance counsellor at Coláiste Mhuire CBS in Mullingar, doesn't believe it will be a practical option for a lot of schools - but the decision will have to be made based on demand and available resources:

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