Sunday 23 July 2017

Forget honours maths, primary schools need changes that will really add up for pupils

Colette Brown

If Ruairi Quinn wants to improve educational outcomes at primary level, he needs to tackle disadvantage, not tinker around with an honours maths requirement for teachers.

Speaking at the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) annual conference yesterday, the Education Minister made an unfortunate inference.

Noting his "highly feminised audience", the minister said that in an effort to "ensure we have the best quality teachers in every classroom", he would be making honours maths a mandatory requirement.

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