Department of Education launches plan to make Ireland best in Europe in STEM
This week the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. launched the STEM Education Policy Statement 2017-26 and Implementation Plan 2017-19. The plan sets out the Minister’s intention to make Ireland a European leader in STEM education by 2026.
Minister Bruton said: “We are living in a rapidly changing world and key to delivering on our ambition to be the best will be the ability of our education system to adapt to a transformed economy and society. Our children must be equipped with the necessary analytical, creativity and critical thinking skills to thrive in such an environment.”
Focus on more students choosing STEM subjects
The department announced ambitions to increase the number of total students taking Chemistry, Physics, Technology and Engineering for Leaving Certificate by 20%, as well as a focus on increasing the number of female students taking STEM subjects for Leaving Certificate by 40%.