Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 11/09/2013. Tags: Secondary School News
Around 60,000 Junior Certificate
pupils across Ireland will receive their results today (September 11th).
Plenty of focus will be placed on mathematics grades in particular, as this year saw a record number of pupils taking the higher level examination in this subject.
More than half of all maths candidates (52 per cent) took the paper this year, which is up from the 46 per cent recorded two years ago. Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has congratulated all of the students receiving their results today, saying he is "especially pleased to see that the positive trend of more young people sitting higher level maths is continuing".
This year was the first time that pupils from all schools took exams that featured a component from the new syllabus, entitled Project Maths, which places a greater emphasis on real world maths applications.
Another reason to explain the increase in higher level maths candidates is that many students are keen to gain the 25 CAO bonus points required to enter college sooner rather than later.
Written by Donal Walsh