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Quinn: Bonus Leaving Cert maths points could continue for three more years

The Education Minister made the remarks at Ringsend College in Dublin, where he met with students who were receiving their Leaving Certificate results.

THE EDUCATION MINISTER has said that the bonus 25 points awarded to students sitting Higher Level Maths could continue for another three years.

This was the second year in which an extra 25 points were awarded to those sitting Higher Level Maths. Speaking to reporters yesterday, Minister Quinn said this was a temporary measure, designed to attract students the time-consuming subject.


However, he said there was no time frame on how long these extra points would be given out and that it could continue for a further three years, as well as further reforms being introduced following talks with third level institution.

As well as this, the Department of Education are looking to address the rise in entry points for some programmes. Minister Quinn said the the “multiplicity” of courses on offer was to blame, rather than the extra Higher Level Maths points, and that third level institutions could look to offer more than just Level 8 courses.


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Yesterday’s results saw Physics, Chemisty, and Classical Studies experiencing the highest failure rates among the 55,572 students who sat the Leaving, with a sharp increase in the the numbers sitting Higher Level Maths.

We spoke to some of these students from Ringsend College in Dublin 4, where Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn paid a visit yesterday morning.


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