Thursday 24 August 2017

Leaving Cert Economics 'an over examination of housing and a third-level question'

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

A very challenging paper that required a lot of lateral thinking, was how teacher Ray O’Loughlin, described Leaving Certificate higher level economics.

He said that, generally, “students who studied the curriculum really well will be disappointed, as they didn’t get a chance to show the knowledge they had learnt".

Mr O’Loughlin of the Institute of Education, Dublin said while the appearance of topical issues on the paper is very much welcome, these issues appeared in five out of eight questions in Section B, including two micro questions, and also in Section A.

“The paper now provides fewer opportunities for students to draw from their study of the curriculum,” he said.

 Mr O’Loughlin had no big quibbles with Section A , which he described as “reasonably fair and in line with previous years.”

But it was a different story for Section B: Question 2, on market structure, required students to identify the artisan food market in Ireland as monopolistic competition/oligopoly, which, he said, students would have found difficult to identify.

Question 4, on national income, asked candidates  to identify the GDP rise of 26.3pc for Ireland.  According to Mr O’Loughlin “this required students to have knowledge of concepts such as contract manufacturing, tax inversions, aircraft leasing and relocating patents, which is surely third-level standard.”

He noted that the current problem with housing and rental costs appeared on three different questions, which he described as “ an over-examination “ of the topic.

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