- Apr 25, 2008
Concern over requirement to study Koran as part of Leaving Cert Arabic exam
How the hell did this happen? A Syrian Christian whose daughter is taking Arabic has complained. It is like making a study of the King James bible mandatory for leaving cert English.the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), said the Koran was included on the basis of its linguistic and literary value and not because of its association with religion.It said the requirement for questions based on the Koran are explicitly stated in the syllabus.
In the Arabic exam, candidates are presented with three texts: an extract from the Koran, a portion of Arabic verse and an extract from a work of modern Arabic prose.
The questions related to the Koran are mandatory for all candidates, while candidates may choose from a portion of verse and modern prose.