THOUSANDS of students are still failing Leaving Cert maths
and science despite an increased number taking on the subjects.
The report said: "We are concerned that the number of pupils studying maths
post-16 is insufficient to meet the level of numeracy needed in modern society, and the level at which the subject is taught does not meet the requirements needed to study Stem subjects at undergraduate level."
It's ''a scary figure'' said the chairman of National Numeracy and the report highlighted the wellknown difference between people's attitude to maths
skill and literacy skills.
Two schools had increases with Salisbury Primary School achieving the most improved aggregate score and also a 41.6 percentage point improvement in maths
, and St Joseph's Catholic primary increasing by 22.6 percentage points in English since 2008.
has always been seen as something that has to be done.
Last summer he achieved two A* GCSEs in maths
and advanced maths
anxiety could take root in children as young as 10 or even earlier, experts believe.
He gives the example of a maths
problem devised by a child: `Vince the vegetarian vampire lives on blood oranges and each blood orange in a parcel of six had so many pips in it'.
Simply tune into the show for the competition question and send your answer along with your name, address and school to: Free Maths
Stuff for Schools Competition, PO Box 7619, Dublin 2.
For most jobs we need to be able to master maths
. Yet many people who would never say they couldn't read are happy to admit they were never much good at maths
Who is responsible for making maths
seem like a chore?