Friday 19 December 2014

Consensus is that census quiz tricky

Brian Byrne

Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30

JC HISTORY: HIGHER AND ORDINARY

AN unexpected question in the ordinary level paper threatened to shake students' confidence.

Fintan O'Mahony, of Scoil Mhuire, Carrick on Suir, Co Tipperary and the ASTI, said students might have struggled with a question asking them to discuss a discrepancy between the 1901 and 1911 censuses.

"Those questions are intended to get the students into the paper, but if they're really hard, students are going to spend more time on them and might not get the rest of the paper done," he said. Michael Hogan, of Deele College in Raphoe, Co Donegal and the TUI, agreed it was "a bit of a shock".

Both teachers agreed that there were few, if any, surprises in the higher level paper.

While Mr O'Mahony noted that a question on the revolutionary movement was difficult, it was question five – which he said "usually separates out the good students from the better ones".

Irish Independent

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