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Ruairi Quinn: Finally, the numbers look good for maths as 17,000 students aim higher

Ruairi Quinn

Published 03/03/2014 | 02:30

The promise of producing more graduates who excel in maths is key to attracting global giants like Google to invest in Ireland
The promise of producing more graduates who excel in maths is key to attracting global giants like Google to invest in Ireland
Google is one of the major US companies using its Irish unit to cut its costs

MATHS matters. It's as simple as that. We need to be proficient in maths for so much of our everyday lives. From counting to measuring, from juggling our income versus our expenditure to working out the distance to our destination, from calculating sports scores to saving for that rainy day.

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But, maths matters for our economy, too. We need young people who are not only competent but excel in maths for careers in engineering, research, digital technologies, and other growth areas. Without excellence in maths, we will not be able to attract and retain foreign direct investment into Ireland – the Googles, Apples and Facebooks. Nor will we be able to foster the development and growth of new Irish companies immersed in the digital age.

That's why such a large emphasis is placed on maths in our education system. From the moment a child begins school until they leave aged 18, our children are immersed in maths.

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