The Department of Education informs post primary schools that calculators may not be used by students.

Use of pocket calculators has been permitted during examinations for the last two years, but the Department of Education has imposed a ban on them for the next twelve months. During this time however, their future use will be considered.  

It means that students sitting the Leaving, Intermediate and Group Certificates maths papers will have to perform all calculations in their heads or on paper.  

The Association of Secondary School Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) are the main body which have opposed use of calculators in exams.  

Maths committee representative Seán Cronin of Blackrock College in Dublin explains the ASTI attitude to calculators.  As the focus of teachers up to Intermediate Certificate is to impart the fundamentals of mathematics to their students, the calculator has no place in the classroom.

We would have to discourage their use certainly up to Inter Cert level. 

Department of Education Chief Inspector for Secondary Schools Sean Ó Laoghaire acknowledges that while using a calculator may give some students an advantage over others, students should still be able to use them. There is now widespread use of pocket calculators and adding machines in working and daily life in Ireland,  

I think educationally that it is very good and proper they be used.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 November 1975. The reporter is Colm Connolly.