Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education Deputy Jonathan O’Brien has today said he was not surprised by the average PISA results scored by Irish students in problem solving, when Irish students ranked 17 out of 28 OECD countries.
The Cork North Central TD said;
“I agree with Minister Quinn that there is considerable room for improvement in these results but what he has failed to realise is that much of the improvement could be made by him.
“Clearly cutbacks across the education sector are going to have negative impacts on students.
“Irish students have done well in other areas but teachers are under serious pressure.
“The Minister may point to the potential for new skills development in the new Junior Cycle Student Award but considering the deficient level of training that will be available for teachers, as well as the two-tier system that is going to develop from it, it’s hard to see how any potential will be realised.
“What is clearly needed is investment in students and the education system, as this is the only thing that will result in better PISA results.”