Sunday 19 November 2017

New Maths curriculum a hit in the Junior Cert

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn. Photo: Mark Condren
Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn. Photo: Mark Condren reporters

JUNIOR Cert students who studied a new Maths curriculum got better results in their exam, according to the State Examinations Commission.

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said that the progress in Maths is particularly welcome

Junior Cert results were released today.

The results show stronger performance among the students who were taught using the new Project Maths syllabus.

The syllabus is designed to discourage rote learning and exam cramming.

Unlike the traditional Junior Certificate Maths paper, the number of exam questions on the Project Maths paper can vary, and their type, length and difficulty is unpredictable.

The new syllabus is being phased in gradually across all schools.

This year more than 2,200 students studied it to Junior Cert level.

Students were 6% more likely to opt for Higher Level.

And their performance was also better across the board.

There were fewer As but significantly more As, Bs, and Cs combined at all levels.

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