4th Oct 2016

Government plan to make Irish education best in Europe

The Government has published an action plan aimed at making the Irish education and training system the best in Europe by 2026.

The plan will run over the next three years and will include hundreds of actions to be implemented with a focus on disadvantage, skills, and improvements within the education service.

Some of these goals focus on increasing the number of students studying “gateway subjects” such as physics, chemistry and higher level mathematics and to increase the number of students in work placements as part of their third level qualification.

Importantly, particularly for Ireland’s high-tech sector, the Minister for Education has said primary school teachers will be equipped to deliver coding in schools as part of the plan. Speaking on RTÉ Drivetime, Richard Bruton said there is a lot of work to do with digital technology, and helping to improve the learning experience for students, describing it as a “powerful tool” for teachers to make an impact.

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