Thursday 22 March 2018

Maths teaching doesn't add up

IT is impossible to escape the conclusion that the education of our young people is woefully inadequate, particularly in the mathematics-reliant disciplines that politicians like to think will create a "smart" economy.

A study by the Higher Education Authority into how third-level students progress through college has shown that "there is a serious mismatch between the skills required to successfully undertake a higher education course in science and technology with the competence of students enrolling on such courses".

Students with poor Leaving Cert maths results are the most likely to drop out of a science or technology course.

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