Monday 16 October 2017

Change in style spreads tough parts throughout 'fairer' exam

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Some changes in style on the Junior Cert higher level Maths Paper were welcome, according to Elaine Devlin of the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI).

She said there was a departure from "very often having the harder questions left until the end, when they are often badly answered".

She said students had an opportunity to start every question. "There were hard bits throughout the paper; it was fairer."

Ms Devlin, of De La Salle School, Castleblayney Road, Dundalk, regarded it a fair paper, although she said question seven may have caused confusion and question eight was "quite challenging".

Eamonn Toland, of, thought it was "quite challenging with a lot of wordy questions and some testing scenarios".

Ms Devlin said the ordinary level paper was easy for any student who had dropped back from higher level, but was quite challenging for those who struggle with maths. She said there was a question on beehives that "they would have stopped reading after the second line".

Mr Toland thought it an accessible paper, but some questions required good literacy, comprehension and analysis skills, which may be an issue for weaker students.

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