Irish government needs to acknowledge importance of mathematics for students – Kathleen Funchion TD
Sinn Féin's Education spokesperson Kathleen Funchion TD has today expressed her disappointment at the results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) report which revealed that 20% of Irish fourteen year olds are taught mathematics by a teacher with a different specialism.
Deputy Funchion said:
“Taking into account the international average of 13% teaching maths at this level with a different specialism, this is just not good enough.
“Maths is a fundamental subject and it is vitally important in early Secondary school to develop an understanding of the course.
“Not only are more Irish pupils being taught by teachers lacking a degree in the subject, but they are also being given less tuition time in maths and science when compared with their international counterparts.
"This is unfair and leaves Irish students at a disadvantage.
“We call on the government to address this issue immediately and ensure that students in Irish secondary schools are given the best possible education.”