Time to introduce Bonus Points for Maths - BREEN

August 20th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has today (Wednesday) warmly congratulated all of Clare’s Leaving Certificate Students who received their results today. Deputy Breen added that the results in maths and science subjects point to the need for the Government to prioritise the education system in order to raise the competence and attainment in these subjects if this Country is to achieve a Smart Economy.

“Firstly, can I take this opportunity to congratulate each and every Leaving Certificate Student who received their results today they are a credit to themselves and their families. Completing the Leaving Certificate is a brilliant achievement and I would remind all the students that there are many options open to them out there when it comes to further education. There is also a helpline available on 1800265165 where students can have all their queries answered”.

“The results in Maths and Science once again show a downward decline and it is now very important that the Government prioritise the education system to address this trend particularly if this Country is to achieve a Smart Economy.”

“Furthermore, there are many opportunities in terms of renewable energy and creating jobs in this Sector especially here in the Mid-West Region. The University of Limerick and NUI Galway have already formed a strategic alliance with an American Institute of Technology with the aim of developing a centre of excellence here. If we are to fully capitalise on this opportunity then we must be encouraging more students to study maths and science and maybe the time is now right to introduce bonus points for maths. We must continue to invest in our Third Level Institutions, the future is bright for science graduates interested in research and development and if we are to attract further Foreign Direct Investment in the high-end area into this region then we must a constant production line of science graduates available.”

“Finally, in the middle of a recession, many families are struggling to make ends meat, and it appears that they will be hit with further costs as the Government is planning to hit them with a €1,500 registration fee and they have offered no reform whatsoever of the Third Level Sector. Our education system has served us very well in the past and if we are to achieve a Smart Economy then this Government must start to take action, reform and investment in education will pay dividends in the future and they must act now.”