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
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Announcement from the ASTI:
Teachers proud of their Junior Cert students, says ASTI leader
ASTI President Sally Maguire has sent a message of congratulations to all of the students, teachers and parents involved in this years Junior Certificate Examinations.
The Junior Cert gives students their first experience of the state exams process and is invaluable in guiding them as they prepare for Senior Cycle and the Leaving Cert. The Junior Cert is used by students, parents and teachers to gauge interest and aptitude prior to making choices about the Leaving Certificate and future career directions.
The ASTI President expressed deep concern about the Minister for Education and Skills decision to abolish the State Junior Certificate. Under the Ministers Junior Cycle reform proposals young people who spend five to six years participating in second-level education will not experience State Certificate Examinations until they reach the Leaving Certificate, said Sally Maguire.
In addition, the Ministers plans mean that school-administered exams at Junior Cycle will be graded by students own teachers, and students will receive a certificate of achievement from their school rather than a universally-recognised State Certificate. The ASTI disagrees with this approach because we believe that every student is entitled to a fair, impartial and transparent State Certificate to record their achievement at Junior Cycle. A school certificate based on grades awarded by students own teachers does not have the same status or validity as an independent State Certificate.
Finally, the ASTI President urged all students celebrating their Junior Cert results today to act responsibly: Today is a proud day for you, your parents and your teachers. In all celebrations, I urge you to be safe, act responsibly and keep your parents informed.
Announcement from the I.S.S.U.:
Irish Second-Level Students' Union Congratulates Students on their Junior Cert Results 2013
Today the Irish Second-level Students Union (ISSU) would like to wish all those receiving their Junior Certificate results today the very best of luck. However, the ISSU would also like to appeal to students to be responsible and mindful to others in their celebrations.
Results this year are broadly in line with previous years, and we are happy with the steady increases seen in the number of students taking maths at a higher level with the project maths syllabus.
The ISSU encourages all students to enjoy celebrating their well-deserved results, but to do so responsibly and to stay safe.
ISSU Education Officer, Robert ODonnell said: Getting your Junior Certificate results is an important milestone in most young peoples lives and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all students on their well deserved results. We were particularly interested in the increase in students opting for higher level maths, and we look forward to analysing the results of our project maths survey to get a full picture of students experiences of the new syllabus.
ISSU President, Mark Caffrey said: Like lots of students across the country, I too will be receiving my junior cert exam results after three years of hard work that has led up to them. It is great to see more students taking higher level maths, and hopefully this will feed into a similar trend in the senior cycle.
Id like to congratulate all students on their hard-earned results, and encourage everyone to stay safe if they are celebrating tonight.
If students have any issues, they can contact the ISSU on email@example.com.