ONLY 88.3% OF IRISH STUDENTS ARE LEARNING FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Ireland has the lowest rate of students learning foreign languages.

A new report from Eurostat shows that only 88.3 per cent of students in the country learn an international language while the EU average is 98.6 per cent.

French at 60.4% is the most popular choice with Irish students, followed by German at 23.9%.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says we are way behind our European counterparts.

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