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LC Classical Studies / Latin: Examiners are urged to show a little leniency

Published 13/06/2015 | 02:30

Mr O'Dea - of Rathdown School, Glenageary, and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland - thought the Propertius question was
Mr O'Dea - of Rathdown School, Glenageary, and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland - thought the Propertius question was "very difficult"

Teacher Jim O'Dea said both Leaving Certificate Classical Studies papers were "fair overall", but he had a "minor complaint" about the higher level one.

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Mr O'Dea - of Rathdown School, Glenageary, and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland - thought the Propertius question was "very difficult", because it was tied to a particular quote.

"Tackling that quote would be fine for someone who was familiar with all of Propertius' work, but students only study a small number of his poems. This would make it difficult for them to answer the question properly," he said.

In higher level Latin, Mr O'Dea thought the question one comprehension passage was quite difficult, as were the Virgil and Cicero unseen passages. "Hopefully examiners will adopt a greater leniency in marking these questions," he said.

Irish Independent

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