Five years ago, Project Maths was rolled out to secondary schools around the country.

Around the same time, students were offered the incentive of 25 bonus CAO points if they sat the higher-level paper.

Thousands responded to the incentive; this year, a record 36 per cent of Leaving Cert candidates took the more challenging paper, up from 20 per cent in 2011.

But have the changes to maths education been a success, and is it time we looked at it afresh?

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/project-maths-do-the-reforms-add-up-for-students-1.3117155

**Algebra is disappearing from the Junior Cert Higher maths exam and Syllabus.**

On first look at the Junior Cert H Algebra syllabus there appears to be very little change.

But on deeper inspection the significant absence of equations of the form( a/x ) +b/(x +c) = d

And ( a/x ) +b/(x +c) = d/(x)(x+c)

Is very worrying

Students are arriving into higher level leaving cert maths totally lacking the skills required to survive leaving H maths

**How the marks (and content) for Algebra has decreased;**

Years | Marks (out of 300) allocated to algebra | % Total Marks(600) |

1970’s | 150/300 | 25% |

1980’s | 150/300 | 25% |

1990’s | 140/300 | 23.3% |

2000’s(before Project maths) | 140/300 | 23.3% |

Project Maths | 75/300 | 12.5% |

Another very worrying trend is there is **no Algebra** in the Common Introductory Course for Junior Cycle Mathematics! In many cases students study no algebra until 2nd year!

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