Wednesday 18 January 2017

Maths policy paying off – now let's expand it

Published 03/03/2014 | 02:30

You may not enjoy mathematics but it's an essential part of life for all of us
You may not enjoy mathematics but it's an essential part of life for all of us

WISE teachers have always known that 'an ounce of interest is worth a ton of slog'. The old schoolroom maxim certainly holds good today as we learn that the number of students taking 'honours' Leaving Certificate mathematics is at an all-time high.

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You don't have to be an honours student to realise that this is linked to the bonus point scheme for third-level college applications. The scheme, which offers 25 bonus points for people who score a 'D3' grade or higher, has ensured that 70pc more students are signed up for the higher level mathematics paper next June when compared with June 2011.

It is very good news, which augurs well for the future of the economy and for educational standards generally.

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