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Extra training to be offered to under-qualified maths teachers


Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/09/2011. Extra training to be offered to under-qualified maths teachersTags: Teachers News

Maths teachers in Ireland who are not fully qualified to teach their subject are to be offered extra training to try and boost the standard of results in Ireland.

Figures released by the Teaching Council reveal that, while 30 per cent of educators studied maths for at least one year in college, it was not the main focus of their degree, while 49 individuals out of more than 2,000 surveyed by the organisation held no relevant qualifications at all, the Irish Times reports.

Therefore, the Department of Education is set to announce a new training programme to upskill teachers in the subject in order to improve the poor performance of the nation's students, which saw more than 4,000 Leaving Certificate candidates fail their exams this year.

Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock stated: "The roll-out of Project Maths and having teachers with the right skills and knowledge will help us to achieve a real change in the way maths is taught in our schools".

Recently, the Sunday Business Post reported possible changes to the way maths is taught could include barring those who do not have maths as part of their degree from the classroom.

Written by Donal Walsh
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