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Literacy and numeracy strategy must address shortcoming in education system – Seán Crowe TD

8 July, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Speaking after today’s launch of the Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life, the National Strategy to improve literacy and numeracy among children and young people, Sinn Féin’s Education spokesperson Seán Crowe said:

“Any initiative that is designed to improve the standard of numeracy and literacy in our schools is to be welcomed but there is no quick fix solution to this problem.

“We need to have a broad and balanced curriculum that addresses the needs of children and recognises the diversity of learning abilities.

“If we look at current school curriculum, the starting point must be the right of children to obtain their full educational potential. The loss of key services such as Special Needs Assistants and specialised language support teachers is having a damaging impact on the standards of literacy and numeracy across this state.

“There is something fundamentally wrong when children can spend years at school yet still reach adulthood not being able to read or write.

“Ambitious targets on literacy and numeracy can only be achieved with meaningful reforms to the curriculum and a teacher’s professional development must be carried out in a structured way.

“This requires a new approach that must include extra resources funding and targeted interventions at the cohert of students that the system has traditionally and currently is failing.” ENDS

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