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Students' ignorance of basic maths is sum of all our fears

LAST week Ireland's educational image took another battering in the Performance International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009, a three-yearly global league table from the OECD. Ireland's scores in maths dipped since the last survey, from 16th to 25th among the 34 OECD countries.

Our country's plummeting aptitude with numbers not only permeates our school system right up to university level, but also is apparent in Government circles. Last week's Budget could be seen as a consequence of a government with a history of being either unable or unwilling to do some basic arithmetic.


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