Students Nonplused For Maths

An apparent drop in numbers of students taking high-level maths at their Leaving Cert has led to calls for additional bonus points for those who take the unpopular test.

A Government advisory group has spoken out today recommending bonus college points are introduced.

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs said scheme is necessary to compensate for the greater effort required to pass the higher-level maths exam.

"Boosting our maths skill levels is essential to realising opportunities for employment.

"Maths is a fundamental requirement for Ireland's development as a modern economy," a spokesman said.

Fine Gael's Innovation Spokeswoman Deirdre Clune TD, also spoke out over the incident saying: "I welcome the new report … which focuses on the level of mathematical proficiency in Ireland and presents a plan to make Ireland one of the top OECD countries for mathematical proficiency.

"This report again highlights the critical importance of mathematics for our economy and the need for a focused and long term approach to the subject."

Ms Clune added: "Ireland needs a culture change in maths teaching.

"Otherwise this country is in danger of leaving today's students behind and unable to participate in any future knowledge economy."


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