Trust fund would help boost maths and chemistry – Latest News, Education – Independent.ie
A very nice idea to help boost science education (the online version appears to be uncredited to an author).
…Ireland sets up a private STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education Trust Fund, funded by voluntary, annual donations by science-based industries, based on a small percentage of their turnover each year. A 0.01pc tax-deductible levy on the pharmachemical industry alone might raise €0.5m a year.
Such funding would revolutionise the teaching of science and maths in Irish schools.
This Trust Fund, which would be administered by a board of trustees drawn from industry, business and academia, would solicit, evaluate and fund proposals to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at all levels.
It would also provide funding for the production and dissemination of successful initiatives.
The fund would enable Ireland to fulfil many of the still-born recommendations and aspirations for improving science and mathematics education made over the past few years.
Of course we would need to commission a report, and then wait until all the other OECD countries do it first, and then implement an unworkable version, and then be expected to pat ourselves on the back for our foresight and creativity!