Belfast Telegraph

More achieve Project Maths A-C

A new syllabus aiming to make classroom maths more practical in everyday life has upped honours grades.

Figures show the percentage of students achieving an A, B, or C on higher, ordinary and foundation level Project Maths papers were higher than the traditional subject results.

However fewer managed to make the top grade and secure an A1.

Just 1,984 candidates in 24 schools participated in the scheme, which will be rolled out nationwide in September.

Tony Donohoe, head of education policy with business group Ibec, said Project Maths was a step in the right direction but stressed teaching quality remains a critical issue.

"Exam results from the 24 pilot schools show that top grades are not easily achieved and the new syllabus is challenging and credible," he said.

"As this is rolled out to all schools, teachers must be given the tools to teach the curriculum in a way that promotes real understanding, practical problem solving and the relevance of maths to everyday life.

"Business needs an education system that produces individuals who are adaptable, can think for themselves and have an appetite to learn. The current system fails to produce these skills."

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said he hoped the roll-out of Project Maths - linked with the introduction of 25 bonus points - will increase the number of students taking the higher paper, which has fallen to 16%.

The scheme is designed to encourage better understanding of mathematics, to reinforce its practical relevance to everyday life, and to ensure better curriculum continuity across the system.

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