We have received instruction from Dr. Kevin Kelleher, Assistant National Director dated 8th September 2015 in relation to school screening. The instruction is as follows:
The Review Group has advised that all routine fifth/sixth class screening including the colour vision test should be discontinued as there is little evidence for visual screening of older age-groups with very few or no new cases of eye pathology detected with most countries not engaging in school-exit screening. Colour blindness is not a treatable illness and should, therefore, not be subject to a screening programme, it is an occupational issue that should be handled by guidance counsellors/education supports.
Therefore, from September 2015 all routine fifth/sixth class screening including the colour vision test should be discontinued in schools nationwide.