Sunday 21 December 2014

Challenging questions but candidates are 'happy'

JC Maths

Published 10/06/2014 | 02:30

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.

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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