Decrease in Numbers Taking Higher Level Maths & Science for Leaving Certificate Results a Barrier to Developing Knowledge Economy – American Chamber of Commerce

Ireland“The reduction in the number of students opting to sit the higher level Leaving Cert papers in maths and science is a barrier to Ireland fulfilling its potential as a knowledge economy, according to the American Chamber of Commerce. Today’s Leaving Cert results showed that only 16 per cent of students took higher level maths and just 10 per cent of students took higher level chemistry, while just 8 per cent took higher level physics. It also emerged this week that the highest level of drop out at third level is in maths and science related courses. There is clearly a fundamental problem in Ireland in the teaching of these subjects and the way they are presented to students and this is translating from first to second to third level …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 13 August]

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