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Concerns over Maths SkillsIrish Times

Major concerns emerge over students’ basic maths skills

Serious concerns over the basic skills of students in maths have emerged in a major review of so-called Stem subjects taught in Irish schools.

The quality of graduates in so-called Stem subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – is considered crucial to the country’s economic future. But the report, commissioned by the Department of Education, notes that while there has been a surge in the number of students taking higher-level maths in the Leaving Cert, the lack of basic skills among many is a cause for real concern.

Much of this increase is as a result of bonus points being offered for maths, with numbers jumping from 16 per cent in 2011 to 28 per cent in 2016.

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