As over 750 Sligo students anxiously receive the results of their leaving
Certificate results this morning (9am) it has emerged that in a reversal
of recent trends, the number failing maths has fallen dramatically,
while record numbers opted to take the subject at higher level.
The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn, T.D., has sent his
congratulations to all students who will be collecting their results in
person at their schools and by phone and from midday the results will be
. However the number failing maths this year is still
relatively high at close to 4,000. A decrease of 20 on recent years.
For the first time, all students were examined on two of the five
strands of the new Project Maths syllabus, which has been criticised as
“dumbing down maths’’ by some teachers.
The other main change to the Leaving Cert this year was in Irish where
the oral component of the exams now accounts for 40% of the marks
awarded. The number of students taking higher level Irish has increased
by almost 11% compared to last year.
The other striking feature is the fall-off in the number of exam candidates from grind schools, down over 20 per cent.
The sharp increase in numbers taking higher level maths comes after
colleges agreed to Mr Quinn’s request to offer bonus CAO points for
those taking the paper. This year, the 10,875 students with a grade D3
or better in higher level maths will secure a bonus 25 CAO points. This
means they will enjoy a considerable advantage over the 35,000 students
who took the ordinary level paper.
Nationally the results highlighted that;
Three students secured nine A1 grades, while 10 gained eight A1s. In
all, 150 students scored a “perfect’’ Leaving with six A1s or better;
Failure rates remained high in several ordinary level subjects,
including chemistry (16.6 per cent), biology (13.5 per cent) and physics
(10.6 per cent);
Failure rates were also high in several language subjects at ordinary
level, including Italian (10.3 per cent), French (6.9 per cent) and
Spanish (7.2 per cent);
Among the main subjects, music is the “easiest’’ honour at higher level. Over 95 per cent of students secured an A, B or C;
Biology and business are the “hardest” honours, with an A, B or C rate of 71 per cent.
In the Northwest 754 Sligo students sat the exam, Donegal saw over 2,000
participate while Leitrim saw 419 sit the final second-level
Next month will see the results of the 2012 Junior Certificate released
to 815 students in Sligo, 430 in Leitrim and 2,228 in Donegal.
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