SENATOR Deirdre Clune would like to welcome the 35% increase in students sitting higher level maths in the Leaving Certificate. Almost all of these (97.7%) achieved a D3 grade or higher which entitles them to 25 bonus points to add to boost their result. More than 11,100 candidates sat the paper this year, up from 8,235 in 2011.
“I am delighted the system of awarding bonus points in return for sitting high level maths is working. The extra points on offer has obviously encouraged more students to sit honours maths while in previous years many might have been tempted to drop to ordinary level.
“It is very promising that the level of failure has dropped to 2.3% for higher level maths.
“The additional points are just the beginning of the potential benefits for these students. Hopefully these results are reflected in the CAO offers with a high demand for maths related courses like science and ICT areas.
“It is important that students do not think that these types of qualifications are only for the A1 honours maths student, they are accessible for all students who have an understanding of maths not just the very high achievers.
“The highly skilled graduates of science and ICT courses are very sought after. These are the areas which are growing and have ample job opportunities.
“Students should consider this as they progress to the next stage of their lives.”