This bizarre maths decision means some Leaving Cert students missed out on their course 10 months ago

This bizarre maths decision means some Leaving Cert students missed out on their course

A tough one to take...

This year was the first year a revised grading exam grading system and CAO points scale were introduced.

The old A1s and D3s were abolished in favour of a newer points system.

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The number of grade bands were reduced from 14 to 8 to fairly reward scholastic achievement and to ease the pressure on students to achieve marginal gains in examinations.

Students at higher level were now marked from H1 to H8, with a H1 being the equivalent of the old A1. Students at ordinary level were marked from O1 down to O8.

Under the new marking scheme, the lowest passing grade was a H7 which awarded the recipient 37 points. A H7 is a grade of between 30%-39% as this grade equated to the level of an O3 at ordinary level which is a grade of between 70%-79%.

Under the new changes, according to the Irish Independent, a H7 grade is accepted in many third level courses which simply require a passing grade in maths.

However, for those students seeking to be primary teachers, a H7 grade in maths is not accepted, and a lot of students around the country were left disappointed this morning when the CAO offers went out.

A H7 grade in maths isn't being accepted to study primary school teaching but a O6 (a far weaker grade) is being accepted.

The Department of Education sets the requirements an applicant for primary teaching must have in order to receive a CAO offer.