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Saturday 20 September 2014

Challenging questions but candidates are 'happy'

JC Maths

Published 10/06/2014 | 02:30

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HIGHER level pupils probably would have preferred the first paper, but there was nothing unacceptable in Paper 2 and candidates were happy, said teacher Robert Chaney.

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Mr Chaney, of the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI) and CBS Secondary School, Thurles, Co Tipperary, said while some questions were challenging, there was nothing with which a well prepared pupil should have had difficulty.

Eamonn Toland of TheMathsTutor.ie described the paper as "overall a fair test of student's interpretive and mathematical skills", with mostly straightforward problems, with the exception of a question involving a garden-swing.

At ordinary level, Mr Chaney said that rather than being eased in, in the first two questions pupils had to provide written explanations, which was a bit off-putting at the start of the paper.

But while challenging in parts, even weaker students would have found it a fair paper, he said,

Mr Toland thought the paper very long, with 19 pages to read and only two hours to complete it.

"As a Project Maths style paper, it requires a lot more interpretation and analytical skills," he said.

He said the wordiness of Project Maths was a big challenge for anyone with literacy issues.

Irish Independent

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