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Leaving Certificate results 'lower than thought'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 15/08/2011. Leaving Certificate results 'lower than thought'Tags: Education And Politics

An analysis of last year's Leaving Certificate results has revealed the average points score is lower than is generally recognised.

With this year's figures set to be released on Wednesday (August 17th), the Irish Times revealed half of 2010's candidates scored less than 300 points.

It suggested many students are struggling with the examinations, but this is being obscured by a focus on the high performers.

The average score was 305 points, the publication found, though more than 7,000 pupils received less than 200 points, while 12 per cent of entrants were awarded fewer than 100.

Only 0.2 per cent of candidates gained a "perfect" score of 600 points, with eight per cent earning more than 500.

The newspaper observed that, while most university courses require a points total of at least 350, there are still hundreds of places available for those who have 200 points or less - particularly in subjects where there is low demand.

Last month, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn suggested he is looking to reform the Leaving Certificate system, which may include awarding more points for maths and science.

Written by Donal Walsh


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