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Lack of competent staff for pupils at Leaving Cert level

Published 17/02/2010 | 05:00

THERE are too few teachers with maths qualifications to teach what is the most popular subject in the Leaving Cert.

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Principals decide who teaches which subject and many are therefore left with a maths headache.

If they have good, qualified maths teachers, principals tend to deploy them in the higher-level classes and will use others, who may only have maths as part of a business studies or science course, to teach ordinary level and Junior Cert students.

Most second-level teachers have a post-graduate teaching qualification as well as a primary degree.

But teachers who did not study maths as part -- or a major part -- of their primary degree are not precluded from teaching it at second level.

Irish Independent

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