Sunday 4 December 2016

'I was very happy to see questions on eye and ear'

Greg Harkin

Published 15/06/2016 | 02:30

Leaving Cert students Sinead Naughton, Muireann Moylan, Lewis Beardshall, Eddie Douglas and Stephen Tuffy at Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone, Co Sligo. Photo: James Connolly
Leaving Cert students Sinead Naughton, Muireann Moylan, Lewis Beardshall, Eddie Douglas and Stephen Tuffy at Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone, Co Sligo. Photo: James Connolly

Students at Jesus and Mary College in Enniscrone expressed surprise at how questions were set on the biology Leaving Cert papers.

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The usual question on genetics was in the short questions this time, however, while one question went down the medical route.

Sinead Naughton (18) said: "I thought the paper was OK. I was planning to avoid genetics if it came up but because it was a short question, that suited me better and I was able to do that."

Sinead, who hopes to study health at IT Sligo, added: "I was very happy to see questions on the eye and the ear. They hadn't come up for a long time and I had studied those well so that was pleasing from my point of view."

Oisín McCaffrey (18), who also sat the Higher paper, hopes to study medicine or ­ bio-medical science in Galway. "It was grand overall. The short questions were tough enough. There was one question asking for the percentage of water by mass in a human cell and I didn't get that," said Oisín.

Fearful

"The fact genetics wasn't a big feature in the paper was a big surprise to everyone."

Thomas Finnerty (18) who took the Ordinary paper, said: "I was fearful going into the Ordinary Biology paper today as this is not one of my strong subjects. However, I was surprised at how many questions I was able to attempt."

Their teacher Luke Saunders, founder of the exam aid studyclix.ie, said there were a number of deep questions at Higher level "to separate the As from the Bs".

He said questions asking students to give answers on illnesses from the position of a medical doctor were "unusual", and added: "That was very different this year."

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