The results of this year’s Leaving Certificate examinations provide further evidence of the need to continue the process of reforming how maths and science subjects are taught in our schools, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Brendan Smith TD.
Deputy Smith commented, “I wish to extend my congratulations to the students around the country who received their Leaving Cert results today. Each and every student should be proud of what they have achieved and take the time now to consider all the options available to them as they make important decisions about their future.
“The overall results in maths and science subjects are disappointing and they further highlight the need for this Government to follow through with the initiatives taken by the previous Government to improve performance in these areas. Fianna Fáil in Government introduced a new maths syllabus known as ‘Project Maths’ which is currently operating on a pilot basis and will provide long-term solutions to this problem. I am calling on the current Minister Ruairí Quinn to commit to providing the necessary funding for this project and to fully support its national roll-out.
“The teaching of Maths requires a high level of individual attention for students at all levels. In that context, I am also urging Minister Quinn to prioritise Maths within the current education budget and consider providing additional resources for maths teaching at both ordinary and higher level.
“However, as experts and interest groups dissect the Leaving Cert results over the coming days, it is important to remember that preparing our children for the workforce is about far more than just academic results. Teachers and other school staff play a vital role in providing students with a range of skills to help them enter the workforce. While there is no doubt that we need to continue on the path of reform to broaden the skills of our school-leavers, we need to be proud of our achievements in the sector. Fianna Fáil believes that we cannot build up our education system by tearing it down.
“I look forward to hearing the recommendations of the NCCA and the HEA on curriculum reform next month. In the mean-time, I wish the class of 2011 every success as they embark on the next journey in their lives.”