Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 14/08/2013. Tags: Secondary School News
The wait is over for Leaving Certificate
students across Ireland, as they are receiving their results
today (August 14th).
Almost 56,000 pupils will be able to collect their grades this morning - and the figures point towards a marked increase in the number of people choosing to take the Higher Level Mathematics paper.
Indeed, this amount has climbed by 58 per cent since 2011 and suggest bonus points for Higher Level candidates and the introduction of a new maths curriculum is having a positive effect.
Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills, has congratulated the 55,572 Leaving Cert students who are receiving their marks today. Mr Quinn stated: "I hope the results received reflect the work and the many hours of study that the students have committed to.
"While our congratulations and good wishes must be focused on the students who receive their exam results today, I also want to pay tribute to you the parents, families, teachers and school communities who have helped them reach this milestone."
He said it is particularly pleasing to see such a significant increase in the number of students opting to take Higher Level Maths, noting the new Project Maths syllabus and the additional 25 points that are available for those who achieve a D3 or higher have played an important role in this regard.
According to statistics released by the State Examinations Commission, 5,824 A1 grades were achieved by Leaving Cert students this year, with one individual being awarded nine A1s in their exams.
Despite the high number, this figure is slightly down - by 5.2 per cent - on the 6,144 A1s given in 2012.
It was also shown that the number of pupils taking Higher Level Irish has climbed from 14,358 in 2011 to 16,669 in 2013.
Mr Quinn said he welcomed this increase, explaining the government is committed to ensuring young people in Ireland know and love the Irish language, adding the new system of 50 per cent of marks being available for the oral and aural components of the exams is starting to pay off.
Written by Donal Walsh