Wednesday 23 August 2017

LC Religious Ed and Italian

Mitchell Aigbogun from Sallins, St Mary’s College, Naas, principal Rita McCabe and Éadaoin Rice from Naas after finishing an exam. Photo: Michael Donnelly
Mitchell Aigbogun from Sallins, St Mary’s College, Naas, principal Rita McCabe and Éadaoin Rice from Naas after finishing an exam. Photo: Michael Donnelly

Students sitting Leaving Certificate higher level Italian were treated to a text about a €500 grant for cultural events given to 18-year-olds in Italy, and had to write about how they would spend such a payment.

According to teacher Robbie Cronin, because there isn't such a scheme here, students had to write in the conditional tense, which may have been problematic.

Mr Cronin, a subject representative of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and teacher at Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin, described the paper as "good, but not easy".

He described ordinary level as "a great paper", apart from quibbles about questions on the text about cyclists getting a discount in cinemas in Bologna.

About 300 students also sat Japanese yesterday.

One of the final two exams was religious education and teacher, Caitriona Smith, also ASTI, noted an overlap in topics between the two papers. She said: "They were not the same questions, but the students feel they are assessed on the same areas of the course."

Ms Smith, of Ratoath College, Co Meath, said the language in some higher level questions may have thrown students, in particular the phrasing of the section on world religions.

On the other hand, she said the philosophy question in Section A was "very clear" when "it can be tricky". She thought ordinary level was "quite demanding timewise, because there were three parts to every question".

Irish Independent

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