The Republic of Ireland is one of the least educated nations in the world, and the gap between its average and average of international tests and achievement gaps has continued to widen.
Ireland is currently ranked 15th out of 190 nations in reading, and 20th in mathematics, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), but a lack of access to the best universities has led to an achievement gap of as much as 30 per cent between the richest and poorest students in the country.
In the OECD’s 2015 World School Rankings, Ireland was placed 14th out the 15 countries.
It was ranked 12th in the OECD in reading and 17th in maths.
“This is the third year in a row that we have not been included in the top 10,” said Anne O’Connor, head of research at the Irish National Institute for Education and Skills (INIS).
“It’s time for us to do something about it.”
Education Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said the current funding levels, which have been at the heart of the issue for years, were unsustainable and would have a detrimental effect on Ireland’s international competitiveness.
“It is an absolute disgrace that the Government cannot be bothered to spend the money to create the quality of education that we need to compete in the global market,” he said.
“If the Government’s current funding model is not sustainable, then I think it is clear that we will need to look at ways to make changes.”
There is an urgent need for change.
There is a clear need for Ireland to invest in a world-class education system.
The Government must act now to make this a reality.
“The OECD said Ireland had one of Europe’s lowest per-capita incomes, and that it was a leading provider of primary and secondary education in the EU, the United States and Asia.”
While the average Irish student has a higher Gini coefficient, the OECD states that the gap in achievement between Ireland and its peers is much wider,” the OECD said.
The OECD added that the Irish education system had been “underperformed” by other OECD countries in several areas, including access to quality secondary education.”
The Government has an opportunity to make progress and ensure that our children have the best possible education, but it cannot afford to fail to invest now,” Ms O’Neill said.
Aldo De La Rue, director of the National Institute of Education, said there was no way that the current system of funding could be sustainable without significant investment in the system.”
Ireland has one of those very poor, one-child, one family families in Europe.
That is a very low level of enrolment.
It means that the amount of money we spend on education per student per year is not very high,” he told The Irish Independent.”
So if we are to improve the quality and quantity of our education, then we need a system that is sustainable for decades to come.
“He said that while Ireland had a “pretty good” education system, it was not good enough.”
Mr De La, who is also the president of the Institute of International Education, added that Ireland had “hugely improved” its primary and middle schools since he came to office, with more than 30 per diem schools being established in recent years.””
It’s not sufficient, but we need it.”
Mr De La, who is also the president of the Institute of International Education, added that Ireland had “hugely improved” its primary and middle schools since he came to office, with more than 30 per diem schools being established in recent years.
“We have now become the most educated nation in Europe, with one of our universities in every major city and country, and we have the world’s highest proportion of university graduates,” he added.
“When I was in the Education Department, we were not at the top of the table, but our primary and our secondary education system was doing very well.”
“But we have to improve our system to be competitive.
The world is changing fast, and our education system needs to reflect that.”
Achieving a good primary and higher education is an essential part of our success as a country.””
This means that we cannot simply invest in schools, and then expect to improve on them.