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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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Children are not cherished equally by education system

Posted in Fees and access on August 25th, 2013 by steve

“Awarding bonus points just to students taking higher-level maths is unfair and immoral, writes Colum Kenny …” (more)

[Independent, 25 August]

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Exam standards leave many students ill-equipped to thrive at third level

Posted in Teaching on August 22nd, 2013 by steve

“The news that the bonus points awarded for higher-level maths in the Leaving Certificate has resulted in a large increase in those taking the subject at that level and being awarded those points will not gladden the hearts of lecturers who will encounter those students on third-level courses next month …” (more)

[Sean Byrne, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Maths bonus drives up points needed for college courses

Posted in Fees and access on August 19th, 2013 by steve

“Changing student demand and the maths bonus points have combined to drive up the points needed to get into higher education. Courses across the board and across institutions have seen points rises …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Winners and losers in points race

Posted in Fees and access on August 19th, 2013 by steve

“Many students hoping for a place on business or science courses in university will be disappointed this morning as the points requirements for these subjects have jumped again. CAO hikes are the order of the day across a range of subjects, with UCD reporting points rises in 60% of its Level 8 offerings this year …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Fall in results may limit college points rise

Posted in Fees and access on August 17th, 2013 by steve

“An expected significant rise in CAO college points because more students have a 25-point bonus for higher maths could be offset by a slight drop in overall Leaving Certificate results …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 August]

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