Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today said the new report of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Education Review Group contains important proposals to improve the quality of STEM teaching and the pupil experience, the task now is implementation.
Speaking following the launch of the report, Ibec Senior Executive for Innovation and Education Policy Claire McGee said: "To achieve Ireland’s ambitions to provide a high quality and engaging education in these critical areas, we need to change how these subject are taught.
"The introduction of computer science as a leaving certificate subject would expose students to this important subject at an earlier stage and better equip students to make third level choices. It would also help Ireland develop as a digital and innovative economy. The recommendation to incorporate more inquiry and experiential based learning is also very positive.
"The report is contains 47 high level actions and recommendations. Implementation will be the challenge. Priority areas demand immediate attention.
"Irish businesses increasingly need graduates with key STEM skills. Ibec looks forward to working with Government on the proposed STEM 2020 Partnership to harness the enormous potential that exists within the education system."