Eating under austerity test challanging
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CANDIDATES faced questions on budgets in social welfare households, and healthy eating.
Joan Glasheen of Newtown School, Waterford, and the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI) said the Section B Question One was topical in that it reflected the way many shoppers are using lower cost outlets. But she said students might have found it challenging time-wise.
Not least because, in part (a) they had to "evaluate shopping in three grocery outlets" referred to in a table provided, which would have required them to process a lot of information to get the answer, she said.
Sandra Cleary of the Institute of Education, Dublin, concurred about the challenges presented by this question, but said some of the language may have confused students and made straightforward topics appear more difficult than they actually were.
She said normally students had to analyse the table from a nutritional point of view, but this year were asked to focus on shopping budgets.