Primary schools should devote more of their teaching resources to maths lessons, while the points system for entry to third-level institutions ought to be abolished, it has been stated.
These are among the findings of a new study by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), which proposed widespread changes to the education system in Ireland in order to help boost the country's long-term economy, the Irish Independent reports.
The document also called for teachers to undergo regular training to ensure they continue their professional development throughout their career.
It noted that currently, primary school pupils in Ireland spend more time in the classroom that almost all other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development nations, but get the least amount of tuition in maths.
Meanwhile, a new method of entry for third-level establishments is required to incentivise students to opt for challenging courses in the Leaving Certificate.
The report said the current points system "distorts performance by encouraging students away from vital subjects such as maths and sciences in favour of subjects (perceived) as easier".
Earlier this week, the Irish Times reported that students may need more points than ever for the most popular courses this year due to increased demand.