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Action needed, not more slogans

Published 14/09/2011 | 05:00

The results from the Junior Certificate, and those from the annual "examination" conducted by the OECD, illustrate once again the problems surrounding the teaching of maths in this country -- and the complex, delicate task of improving matters.

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The Junior Cert results are the first to include the new 'Project Maths' exam, which is intended to give more appeal and relevance to what can indeed be a difficult subject. They show an improvement in general results but a lower proportion of students getting the top A grades.

This may be seen as disappointing, but it should not herald the end of the new system. It serves to illustrate one of the many complexities -- the need to increase the number of pupils getting good grades in maths, and the rather different task of getting more to attempt the highest honours, and achieve them.

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