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Minister should indicate when Maths and Science Report will be published – Nolan

17 August, 2016


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan, has called on the Minister for Education to give a clear timeframe for the publication of the Final Report of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Report in light of today’s leaving cert results.

The Offaly TD said:

“The record number of children taking Higher Level Maths as well as the increase in students who have studied the science subjects at Leaving Cert Level is very positive.

“However, the increase in numbers of students who did not achieve a pass in ordinary level maths as well as the increase in students who opted for the foundation level maths paper is an issue of concern.

“A 2015 report published by the OECD based on Programme for International Assessment scores showed that Ireland ranks 15 out of 76 countries for maths and science.

“More worryingly, 15% of Irish students aged 15 were deemed not to reach the basic skills level in Maths and Science.

“The report further found that Ireland’s future GDP could be boosted up to 2.3% if the universal basic skills were achieved in Maths and Science.

“As part of the Programme for Government, there was a commitment made to publish the Final Report of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Report and to refer this report to the Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills.

“It is important that this report is published as soon as possible and steps are taken to ensure that students are adequately supported to achieve proficient levels in maths and science in particular.

“I am calling on the Minister for Education to immediately advise when this report will be published and referred to the Oireachtas committee for consideration.” 

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