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New exam must avoid another maths fiasco

THE new Junior Cert proposals must not be a repeat of the "nightmare" of Project Maths, secondary teachers have warned the Minister for Education.

The Department of Education is keen to bring in a wide range of sweeping changes to the junior cycle.

Some aspects of the change could mean that teachers would be asked to grade their own students for part of the State exam.

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said the majority of teachers are in favour of the idea.

But Jimmy Staunton from Sligo told the ASTI conference that teachers are afraid of a repeat of the fiasco of Project Maths, the practical application of maths scheme.


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