Audit raises English and maths concerns

Mathematics English
Despite progress in recent years, an audit report says too many secondary school pupils in Northern Ireland are failing maths and English.

Comptroller and auditor general Kieran Donnelly’s new report shows pupils are achieving the required standards in literacy and numeracy in increasing numbers.

But while there has been marginal progress over the last few years, improvements do not appear to have been universal across the education system.

Some groups continue to lag behind and have achievement rates of considerably less than other comparable groups.

Mr Donnelly’s report on literacy and numeracy in schools revisits an issue he examined in 2006. Then, a significant number of children were not reaching established targets.

Since that time, levels of achievement have continued to increase in line with current targets. Variances according to socio-economic background, gender and residency persist, however.

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