Saturday 25 November 2017

Missing the point(s)

• Earlier this year, the bonus points scheme for taking higher level maths was implemented. Already, it has become clear its effects have been nothing short of disastrous.

The new system was administered to send "a clear message to students about the importance of maths". While it has somewhat achieved its initial aim, its adverse effects have severely outweighed its merits. According to the CAO, only 3,000 students out of 2012's 11,000 taking higher level maths have benefited from the scheme. The adjustment has inevitably led to CAO points skyrocketing to the detriment of ordinary level maths students. Many of these ordinary level students now find themselves competing for places on courses where higher level maths is not an entry requirement, with students who gained the 25 bonus points at the higher level.

What does an ill-conceived policy and a lack of foresight from an imprudent government equal? You do the maths.

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