Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 23/08/2011. Tags: Teachers News
The qualifications needed to become a maths teacher in Ireland may be reviewed in the wake of this year's disappointing Leaving Certificate results.
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has instructed the Teaching Council to carry out a study of the number of qualified professionals in the subject to determine whether specific standards are required, the Sunday Business Post reports.
"We need to ensure that there is a maths-related qualification for those teachers to teach maths and I'm putting that out as a possible option," stated Sean Sherlock, the minister of state who is heading up a new task force on maths.
Possible changes could include barring those who do not qualify with maths as part of their third-level degree from teaching the subject.
According to 2010 research by the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning at the University of Limerick, 48 per cent of those teaching maths did not study the subject as part of their primary degree.
Last week's Leaving Certificate results revealed over 4,000 candidates failed their maths exams, while just 16 per cent of students sat the higher level paper.