Hi-tech Companies Visit Schools After Poor Results

Fifty of Ireland's leading hi-tech companies are to launch a new initiative, visiting schools to boost interest in science and technology.

The plan by ICT Ireland, has been instigated following concern over the poor Leaving Cert results in maths and science.

The group initially shared its concerns earlier this month, after the poor maths results were published.

Director of ICT Ireland Kathryn Raleigh said: "While there was a marginal increase in the numbers of students that sat the higher paper in maths this year, when you take into account the fact that more students sat the leaving certificate this year compared with last year, the numbers are disappointing.

"Furthermore, more students failed both higher and ordinary level maths."

The group has said the lack of high calibre computer and engineering graduates from Irish Universities is impacting on the economy, and believes there should be the government should implement a bonus point scheme for higher level maths.

"We need to introduce an innovative initiative, such as bonus points, if we are to encourage more students to consider taking higher-level maths at Junior and Leaving Certificate," said Ms Raleigh.

More than 250 secondary schools will be visited as part of the initiative.


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