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Minister English Congratulates Students on Junior Certificate Results – Welcomes Maths and Science resultsq

Minister for Research, Innovation and Skills, Damien English, TD, congratulated the 60,327students who received their Junior Certificate results today.

Overall the Junior Certificate results show an increased uptake at higher level mathematics. Minister English described this as “a very welcome development.” He added, “A good base in Mathematics is essential for successful engagement with the sciences and with life. It is heartening that well over half of the Junior Certificate cohort are now sitting the higher level mathematics examination.” 54% of students sat higher level mathematics this year, up from 52% in 2013.

Minister English also pointed out that this year students sat examinations which were largely based on the new Project Maths syllabus. He commented that "Increasing the uptake of higher level Maths is one of the explicit aims of Project Maths and this greater uptake is to be welcomed at Junior Cycle”.

Minister English welcomed the fact that science is now taken by 90.7% of the Junior Cycle cohort stating that scientific skills for students are vitally important in continuing to build Ireland’s knowledge society and in enhancing the competitiveness of the economy.

In conclusion, Minister English said that students, teachers and parents should all be proud of students’ achievements in the Junior Certificate examinations.