As more than 57,000 candidates receive their results, a breakdown of the data shows 7,490 students were awarded at least one H1 – a mark of between 90pc and 100pc – while six will be celebrating eight H1s. An ongoing upward trend in the numbers sitting higher level papers is revealed in data from the State Examinations Commission (SEC) for the class of 2018. There was no dramatic swing in the second year of the new grading system However, a 1.7pc increase in students achieving at least one H1 grade is noteworthy in a year when overall candidate numbers dipped slightly. The CAO bonus points for a minimum 40pc in “honours” maths continue to attract students, with more than 31pc of maths candidates taking higher level, but the relatively high numbers under-achieving in the subject will cause disappointment. At higher level, 7.7pc received below 40pc and, while most are in the 30pc-40pc bracket and will qualify for points under the new CAO scale introduced last year, it is a cause for concern in a subject regarded as critical for future study and life. Meanwhile, 9.8pc of ordinary level candidates failed to achieve 40pc in maths, a figure that remains high… Read full this story
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