The school in Ireland is compulsory for anyone between
the ages of 6 and 16. The primary school is formally 6 years
old, but over 95% of the children start when they are 4 or 5
years old and consequently attend 8 years in the primary
school. The secondary school is 3 years old, followed by a 2
year high school. It has been considered important to have
bilingualism implemented in the country, so that Irish
language has been emphasized in teaching. Check topschoolsintheusa for test centers of ACT, SAT, and GRE as well high schools in the country of Ireland.
Educational policy is established and curricula are
created centrally. The educational system is characterized
by the country being Catholic. The state covers just over
85% of the cost of all schools, while in practice the church
functions as the owner through local boards composed of
representatives of school owners (usually the church),
parents and teachers. The boards are delegated extensive
authority, but they are also responsible for the follow-up
of results. Many of the schools in the country are small,
40% of primary schools have fewer than four teachers. The
depopulation of the countryside makes this a problem.
Ireland has 7 universities. The oldest is the University
of Dublin (Trinity College), founded in 1592.