Friday 23 March 2018

Action needed, not more slogans

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.

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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