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Challenging for some, but a decent day all round in the exam hall

Leaving Certificate maths papers included some surprises but were completed without any major controversy, writes Katherine Donnelly

Published 14/06/2016 | 02:30

Leaving Certificate maths papers included some surprises but were
completed without any major controversy
Leaving Certificate maths papers included some surprises but were completed without any major controversy

LC Maths Higher P2 - While Leaving Certificate Maths Higher Level Paper 2 was harder than Paper 1 and challenging in some respects, it was fair, according to teacher Robert Chaney.

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"It was one that meets the standards that we would expect at this level," he said.

Mr Chaney, of CBS Secondary School, Thurles, Co Tipperary said there was an interesting balance, or perhaps imbalance, in the selection of questions.

"There was an awful lot of trigonometry in particular, while statistics were only treated in a very light way. That was a slight surprise," he said.

But overall, in terms of the questions themselves, there were no big surprises.

"Some students would have found part of the statistics question, on inferential statistics, a challenge, but that would be expected."

He said Question 4, on construction, made students think.

Aidan Roantree of the Institute of Education, Dublin, expressed surprise that the difficulty in the paper lay mainly in Section A, rather than in the traditionally more daunting Section B.

In particular, he said, Question 2 (B) on co-ordinate geometry was among the most challenging in recent years.

Overall, he thought students would be reasonably happy.

LC Maths Ordinary P2

Students were very happy coming out of the Leaving Certificate Maths Ordinary Level Maths Paper 2, according to teacher Robert Chaney.

There was one very topical question about water consumption.

Overall, Mr Chaney of CBS Secondary School, Thurles, Co Tipperary said that there was a good selection of, and a nice graduation within, questions.

He said the examiner had taken on board criticism made in the past of questions that were very restricted in terms of how students could answer them.

JC CSPE

The Garda Commissioner, refugees, 1916, the census and dog fouling were among the topics on a well-received CSPE paper.

But on 1916, Brendan O'Regan of the CSPE Teachers' Association said that asking for six steps to organise a parade was "stretching it".

Brendan Greene of St Clare's Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, and the TUI, described it as a "very positive paper".

JC Maths Higher & Ordinary P2

True to its Project Maths philosophy, the Junior Certificate Maths Higher Level Paper 2 was a good test of understanding and problem-solving, according to teacher Tony McGennis.

It integrated various parts of the course in single questions, such as the co-ordinate geometry question, usually strictly demarcated, but this year also including trigonometry and area, he said.

Mr McGennis, of St Laurence's College, Loughlinstown, Dublin and the ASTI, said there were two questions where students mentioned having difficulties with.

One was about female parliamentarians where, he said, students could "have gone down the wrong routes" in the (b) part. The other involved a 3D visualisation of two cubes.

At ordinary level, Mr McGennis praised the visual cues but said students had difficulties with the question where they had to draw a pie chart, based on the results of a survey of 300 people.

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