See OECD finds literacy an issue among university students
Students and graduates in the UK and Ireland ranked among the worst internationally for literacy and numeracy in the OECD study.
While the very rapid expansion of third level education in the Celtic Tiger succeeded in turning out large numbers of graduates to fill booming job markets, standards of literacy and numeracy among students have dropped according to anecdotal comments by college lecturers who blame secondary schools.
Maybe primary schools whose academic results are unknown share the blame,unlike the secondary schools subject to the JC and LC exams. However,exam markings for the LC must be setting too low a bar for university entrance. Universities are also to blame as they compensate for insufficient capitation funding by raising revenues with "bums on seats", allowing entry to students who they know have a low chance of succeeding.
It looks like the Irish self congratulatory tendency has blindsided the whole Irish educational establishment to the relatively low standards of many students.
I believe that up to 10% of 3rd level students here are immigrants and that standards are being dumbed down so that immigrants with poor English and other skills can pass.