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Maths syllabus lacks challenge

Madam – I came to Ireland when I was nine and I went to third class. That year, in maths, we were doing four things: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In fourth class, we were doing exactly the same thing. Nothing new. Grand, I thought, nice revision, it's good to know the basics perfectly. However, we went through the same regime again in fifth class. And guess what? Same stuff in sixth class.

There was no challenge. This kills the brain.

I believe that all the first-year mathematics material could easily be covered in primary school. I think the way it is now is appalling, not to mention the fact that no one can speak Irish after 14 years of learning.

Gleb Dzhus,

Cork

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