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7th Jan 2017

Continued investment needed in STEM skills

NORTHERN Ireland must do better with continued investment in STEM Skills to maximise economic benefits post Brexit.

That was the message from educational charity Sentinus following the announcement that fifteen year olds in Northern Ireland performed slightly better than the global average in international tests in maths, reading and science.

The results, recorded by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – which is co-ordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) surveyed fifteen year olds across the world in mathematics, reading, literacy and science.

Commenting on the results Chair of Sentinus, Jim Stewart CBE said: “In the current post-Brexit climate, further education and skills has become an even more vital component for the future of Northern Ireland’s economy and remains one of the few economic levers fully within our control.”

Mr Stewart continued: “We simply must do everything we can to ensure our students are ‘better than average’ in future tests.”

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