Students will be soon be able to take Physical Education as a Leaving Cert subject.
Schools are being invited to apply to the Department of Education to take PE as an exam.
It will be introduced on a phased basis from next September with at least 50 schools expected to take part initially.
The announcement is part of the government’s emphasis on encouraging healthy lifestyles.
President of the Physical Education Association and Cree native Brendan O’Malley says it’s welcome news: