Published on August 17th, 2016 | by sligoadmin


Maths Failure Don’t Add Up

Over 4000 maths pupils have failed ordinary level maths and this will affect their choice of courses for third level. The failure rate has jumped to 9% this year.


To explain the consequences we spoke to Sligo IT Maths Department boffins – John E. Mathis and Ben “jamin” E. King. “Over 55,000 students have satten the leaving cert and 4000 have failed giving just less than a 10% fail rate or thereabouts,” John posed.

Ben added, “This is a blow for third level institutions who have been promoting Science and Technology subjects. Hard sums are needed for these courses.”


Amazingly the failure rate for higher level maths has dropped to 5%. However if you get an E in the higher level you still don’t fail at all even if getting an E at this level is easier than getting a pass at ordinary level. Does this make sense?


“Nobody really fails anymore isn’t it great. Really it’s the taking part that counts,” John explained further. “The department of education applies some kind of sludge factor to bring up results. So people who actually failed on paper wouldn’t fail when the result is eventually released. Colleges do this all the time. Maybe I’ve said too much.” Without warning he blushed stared at his shoes and promptly left the room.

Like in Olympic boxing – scoring which could be seen as a form of maths – doesn’t count.

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