Thursday 8 December 2016

LC Business: Syllabus too large for three-hour exam - teacher

Published 12/06/2015 | 02:30

Students from St Raphaela’s Secondary School in Stillorgan (l-r), Kate Delaney, Evelyn Boylan and Roisin Flannery. after sitting their Leaving Cert Business exam
Students from St Raphaela’s Secondary School in Stillorgan (l-r), Kate Delaney, Evelyn Boylan and Roisin Flannery. after sitting their Leaving Cert Business exam

A fair paper, although only the top-end students will achieve an A grade. That's how teacher Margo McGann described Leaving Certificate Business Higher Level.

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Ms McGann, of St Augustine's College, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, and the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI), said there was no room for waffle.

Denise Staunton, of Roscommon Community College, and the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI), is concerned that the syllabus is too large for students to demonstrate their real knowledge of business and its application in the exam.

She suggests that it would be better if 40pc of the marks were given for a project.

Referring to sections two and three, Ms Staunton said students who took their teachers' advice of listening to business reports on TV and radio or read the business sections of newspapers would not have been surprised to see reference to popular topics such as equality legislation, environment protection and waste management directives.

Criticising the size of the syllabus, Ms Staunton said entrepreneurship and managing a business was examined from every angle in the paper and commented: "It's time to give real learning a chance with less examination of vast amounts of theory recall."

Arthur Russell, of Dublin's Institute of Education, was kinder and thought it a "fair and balanced" paper with "great choice".

Although he described the question on employment discrimination as "interesting and timely", he thought the part that asked students to evaluate the role of the Director of the Equality Tribunal might have been a bit challenging for some, and the question on product life cycle could also have proved tricky.

Ms Staunton and Ms McGann agreed that the ordinary level paper was nice.

Irish Independent

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