Wednesday 22 November 2017

If our schools scream for reform, let's reform them

IT is hardly news to anyone that there are "weaknesses in the teaching and learning of Irish", as pointed out by the Chief Inspector of Schools in his report for the years 2010-2012. This is self evident from the fact that successive generations of students emerge at the end of their primary and second-level education with only a vague idea of the language and an inability to carry out a conversation in Gaeilge.

More worrying perhaps is the fact that the Chief Inspector, Harold Hislop, has identified weaknesses "to a lesser" extent than Irish, in the teaching of maths and it is hoped the newly introduced Project Maths syllabus will help to eradicate some of these problems.

The Chief Inspector's report is based on visits by inspectors to over half of primary schools, and more than nine in 10 post-primary schools over the two-year period.

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