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The race for third level manipulates and destroys young people

Posted in Fees and access on August 17th, 2014 by steve

“Those who take higher level papers in the Leaving Cert exam represent the intellectual cream of our second level education system, right? Well, no actually …” (more)

[Emer O'Kelly, Independent, 17 August]

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Female students outperform males in majority of Leaving Cert subjects

Posted in Fees and access, Teaching on August 15th, 2014 by steve

“Female students continue to outperform males in the majority of Leaving Certificate subjects — but are still behind them in maths. Latest figures from the State Examinations Commission also reveal that boys are more likely than girls to benefit from the bonus college entry points offered for passing higher level maths …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 August]

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The case for further Leaving Cert incentives

Posted in Fees and access on August 14th, 2014 by steve

“This year some one in four students who took mathematics in the Leaving Cert exam, chose the higher level paper and nearly all – over 95% – passed. They did so, partly to gain the 25 Central Application Office (CAO) bonus points …” (more)

[Irish Times, 14 August]

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Bonus points would boost higher level Physics, Applied Maths and Chemistry – O’Donovan

Posted in Fees and access on August 13th, 2014 by steve

“Fine Gael TD for Limerick, Patrick O’Donovan, has today (Wednesday), called for bonus points to be introduced for Physics, Chemistry and Applied Maths based on the success of the bonus points for maths …” (more)

[Aoife Carragher, Fine Gael, 13 August]

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Record number of Leaving Cert students land bonus points in maths

Posted in Fees and access on August 13th, 2014 by steve

“Entry requirements for engineering, business and several other popular courses are expected to rise this year after a record number of students gained bonus points for higher level maths in the Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys and Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 13 August]

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One in three Leaving Cert students to sit higher level maths

Posted in Teaching on June 2nd, 2014 by steve

“The number of students planning to sit higher level mathematics in this week’s Leaving Cert exams is up 13% to a new record tally due to the influence of bonus points for the higher papers …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 June]

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Higher-level maths does not merit extra points

Posted in Fees and access on May 6th, 2014 by steve

“Should Leaving Certificate higher-level maths merit extra points towards university entry? Should everyone entering primary teaching have higher-level maths? …” (more)

[Brendan Casserly, Irish Examiner, 6 May]

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Should sporting high achievers get CAO bonus points?

Posted in Fees and access on April 2nd, 2014 by steve

“As a top-class rugby player, Robbie Henshaw can see the benefit of giving extra CAO points to high-achieving sportsmen and women …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 2 April]

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And now … a points waiver for the creative arts

Posted in Fees and access on April 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Yesterday, NUI Galway announced a similar 40 points waiver for higher achievers in selected disciplines in the creative arts, on a pilot basis …” (more)

[Independent, 2 April]

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NUI Galway introduces CAO ‘Performance Points’ scheme for creative arts

Posted in Fees and access on April 1st, 2014 by steve

“NUI Galway is to reward a limited number of students with exceptional achievements in selected disciplines in the creative arts with CAO ‘Performance Points’ for entry into undergraduate courses in the university …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 1 April]

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Column: Awarding top athletes extra CAO points makes total sense

Posted in Fees and access on March 8th, 2014 by steve

“NUI Galway announced announced a programme during the week to award an additional 40 CAO points to high-level athletes who achieve a minimum of 350 points on their own …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 8 March]

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More maths teachers for higher level students

Posted in Fees and access, Teaching on March 4th, 2014 by steve

“The rapid rise in the numbers of students electing to sit higher level maths in the Leaving Cert is unlikely to outpace the availability of suitably trained staff to teach it …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 4 March]

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NUI Galway to award athletes extra CAO points

Posted in Fees and access on March 4th, 2014 by steve

“The battle between universities to attract top young sports people intensified yesterday after NUI Galway confirmed it would award ‘performance points’ to prospective students …” (more)

[Brian McDonald, Irish Times, 4 March]

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Dear Minister – 10 things for you to think about regarding maths

Posted in Fees and access on March 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Dear Minister: You are clearly very happy with the surge in numbers taking honours maths. You claim that this is good news because it is crucial for the ‘knowledge economy’ that we have high numbers taking higher level maths, now transformed into Project Maths of course. Here are some assorted ideas and comments for you to consider …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 3 March]

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NUI Galway Introduces CAO ‘Performance Points’ for Elite Athletes

Posted in Fees and access on March 3rd, 2014 by steve

“15 Elite athletes, who meet strict criteria, will be awarded 40 CAO Performance Points for undergraduate courses under the new NUI Galway Scholarship Scheme …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 3 March]

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Maths policy paying off – now let’s expand it

Posted in Fees and access on March 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Wise teachers have always known that ‘an ounce of interest is worth a ton of slog’. The old schoolroom maxim certainly holds good today as we learn that the number of students taking ‘honours’ Leaving Certificate mathematics is at an all-time high …” (more)

[Independent, 3 March]

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Ruairi Quinn: Finally, the numbers look good for maths as 17,000 students aim higher

Posted in Fees and access on March 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Maths matters. It’s as simple as that. We need to be proficient in maths for so much of our everyday lives. From counting to measuring, from juggling our income versus our expenditure to working out the distance to our destination, from calculating sports scores to saving for that rainy day …” (more)

[Ruairi Quinn, Independent, 3 March]

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Bonus points attract record entry for higher-level maths

Posted in Fees and access on March 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Record number of Leaving Certificate students are planning to sit higher-level maths in the June exams. Entries for the ‘honours’ paper have risen for the third year in a row, following the introduction of 25 CAO bonus points for achieving a minimum D3 grade …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 March]

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Assessing school league tables

Posted in Fees and access on November 28th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Given that so many Irish-language schools are at the top of the league table for entrants to third-level education, what is the justification for the 10% bonus marks given for answering certain Leaving Cert papers through Irish? …” (more)

[Donal Flynn, Irish Times, 28 November]

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Surge in number of Junior Cert students taking higher maths

Posted in Fees and access on September 11th, 2013 by steve

“The surge in pupil uptake in higher-level maths saw more than half of Junior Cert candidates taking the ‘honours’ paper this year. A record 52% of all maths candidates in the 2013 exam took higher level, up from 46% two years ago …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 September]

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