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Monday 19 February 2018

Record number of pupils opt for maths at honours level

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

A RECORD 17,181 Leaving Certificate pupils are planning to sit higher-level maths in the June exams.

Entries for the "honours" paper have risen for the third year in a row, following the introduction of 25 CAO bonus points for achieving a minimum D3 grade.

Writing in today's Irish Independent, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said the target participation rate in higher level maths of 30pc, as set out in the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy, was now clearly achievable.

"We need young people who are not only competent but excel in maths for careers in engineering, research, digital technologies, and other growth areas," he said, stressing the skills are needed to attract foreign investment.

Irish Independent

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