Speaking following the publication of the OECD PISA Report on children’s performances in maths today, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Education, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien welcomed the results and called on the Minister to take heed of the recommendations made in the report.
The Cork North-Central TD said;
“The state now ranks 13th in maths out of 34 OECD countries and I welcome the fact that there is an increased share of top performers and reduced levels of low performers in maths and science.
“I commend the students and teachers whose hard work is demonstrated clearly here in these results.
“This is all the more notable when these results are achieved despite the cutbacks faced by our education system and the high number of pupils that attend school in prefabs and other poor quality buildings.
“This is an incredibly significant report and I am calling on the government to take heed of the recommendations in the report particularly around targeting disadvantaged children through additional resources or economic assistance.
“While acknowledging the results are positive, OECD reports mean nothing to the individual child who will never perform to their full potential because they are in an overcrowded, prefabricated classroom or denied their Special Needs Assistant.
"Further to this, the results were not as positive for children in the Six Counties, and I am calling on the Government to do all they can to ensure that every child on this island receives the quality of education they deserve."