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Is honours Maths to be required for Primary Teaching

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/05/2014. Is honours Maths to be required for Primary TeachingTags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting

Last month, during the INTO Conference, the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn sparked debate by suggesting that primary school teachers should have achieved a minimum of a pass grade in Higher Level Maths in the Leaving Certificate.

Quinn said that there was evidence that “young women who do the Junior Certificate and take Higher Level Mathematics comfortably in the Junior Certificate exam, drop Higher Level Mathematics when they do their Leaving Certificate because it is not a requirement”. At the moment, a pass at either Higher or Ordinary level Maths is required. The only other special requirement is for Higher Level Irish.

Since speaking at the INTO conference last month, the Minister has indicated that theTeaching Council has commissioned the ESRI to examine what maths qualifications should be required for students entering teacher training. It is expected that the ESRI final report will be presented to the Teaching Council's Education Committee before the end of the year.


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