Lack of competent staff for pupils at Leaving Cert level
THERE are too few teachers with maths qualifications to teach what is the most popular subject in the Leaving Cert.
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.