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Students who missed Primary Teaching due to Maths grade to get late course offer

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Students who missed Primary Teaching due to Maths grade to get late course offer

Thursday, September 28, 2017 

Students who missed Primary Teaching due to Maths grade to get late course offer

An anomaly in the maths requirement for entry to Primary Teaching this year resulted in a number of students not receiving a CAO Offer, despite having achieved the required points.

Following intervention on their behalf, the students concerned are now to be to be offered places on the courses in question at Dublin City University and University of Limerick.

What happened?

Applicants for teaching programmes are required to meet certain minimum entry requirements. These  include specific grade requirements in certain subjects (Maths, Irish and English), as well as having the required CAO points for entry to the course.

This year, Leaving Cert results were based on the new 2017 Grading System for the first time. Following the CAO offers process, it emerged that the Department of Education directed colleges not to accept the new H7 grade (30 to 39 per cent) in  higher level maths for entry to Primary School Teaching. However, an O6 grade in the ordinary level maths exam was accepted, even though this is actually a lower grade.

It is reported that up to 13 students who had secured the required CAO points for primary teaching are estimated to have missed out on a course offer because of this anomaly. These students had opted to do Higher Level Maths and achieved a grade H7 in the Leaving Cert exam, when they may have fared better in the Ordinary Level Paper, and secured a place on their chosen teaching course.

Richard Bruton, Minister for Education and Skills, has now pledged to lower the required maths entry grade to a H7 from next year. Department officials have also requested that Dublin City University and University of Limerick accommodate those students who missed out on course offers this year due to the directive.

Changes to 2019 entry requirements

The entry requirements for primary teaching in English and Irish are set to be increased for 2019 entry and onwards. Students will be required to have:

  • A grade H4 in higher level Irish (between 60 and 70 per cent). This is an increase of 10 percent on the current H5 (50 to 60 per cent) requirement.
  • A grade H7 in English (30 to 40 per cent) at higher level will remain in place, but the ordinary level grade requirement will increase from a grade O5 (50 to 60 per cent) to a grade O4 (60 to 70 per cent).

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