The results are in as four Junior Cert students earn 12As
THE number of Junior Cert students opting for higher level maths continues to climb, with more than half choosing to do the paper this year.
A total of 32,041 students did higher level maths, and one in 10 of them achieved an A grade.
Nationwide, some 60,327 students are collecting their exam results today, including 15,078 school-goers in the Dublin region alone.
Four Junior Cert students achieved an impressive 12 As in their exams, although this was a drop from the 17 who managed the same feat last year.
A total of 139 students got a score card of 11 As in their exams, which was the same number as 2013.
Meanwhile, the number of students who achieved an A in higher level maths fell slightly from 12pc last year, to nearly 11pc.
Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan said that it was the highest number of students to sit the exams in recent years.
"English, mathematics, civic, social and political education (CPSE), geography, history, science and Irish are, as in 2013, the top seven subjects," she said.
"As in 2013, the 23 schools involved in the pilot Project Maths initiative sat exams in all five strands of the new mathematics programme," she said.
All other students sat examination papers that contained a significant Project Maths component, including strands one to four, the Education Minister said.
She said that the steady increase in higher level maths uptake was confirmed this year, as 54pc of all learners took the higher papers as opposed to 52pc in 2013.
The minister added: "I would like to thank the teachers who worked diligently with their students over the three-year cycle.
"We must also remember to acknowledge students' parents, who supported and encouraged their children over the entire cycle, and particularly in the course of the examination."
She hoped the students would "enjoy their celebrations and look out for each other".
Meanwhile, Research Minister Damien English said that science is now taken by around 90pc of the Junior Cycle cohort.
He said that scientific skills for students are "vitally important" in enhancing the competitiveness of the economy.
The State Examinations Commission (SEC) said that: "Over 600,000 individual grades in 26 different subjects are being delivered to the 29,277 female and 31,050 male candidates in this year's examinations."
Those who are not happy with their results can apply through their school for a review by Friday, September 26. But it comes with a price tag of €32 per subject, which will only be refunded in the event that a subject is upgraded.
Of the numbers who sat the exams this year, some 878 were re-entrants to education.
Candidates were able to collect their results in schools, and they will be also available online from 4pm today.
Parents have been urged to ensure their children don't take alcohol a part of the celebrations tonight.
Off-licences are also being urged to be hyper-vigilant of minors stocking up on alcohol.
In order to keep teenagers safe, the National Parents' Council has suggested that mums and dads get involved in the party.
A night at the cinema or bowling may help avoid underage drinking, the council has pointed out