Monday 26 September 2016

Mediterranean feel to weather and papers as the Junior Certificate ends

Published 24/06/2016 | 02:30

The final day of the Junior Certificate had its usual Mediterranean feel to it, with exams in Latin, Classical Studies, Italian and Ancient Greek. (Stock picture)
The final day of the Junior Certificate had its usual Mediterranean feel to it, with exams in Latin, Classical Studies, Italian and Ancient Greek. (Stock picture)

The final day of the Junior Certificate had its usual Mediterranean feel to it, with exams in Latin, Classical Studies, Italian and Ancient Greek.

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Jim O'Dea of Rathdown School, Glenageary, Co Dublin, and of the ASTI, described the Latin higher level paper as reasonable overall, although "the unseens were rather difficult".

He said the first unseen was "very difficult, with a few imperatives, perfect participles and the pluperfect subjunctive of a semi-deponent verb thrown into the mix", while the second "was far from easy, as it too had verbs in the passive voice and a perfect participle".

The ordinary level paper was along expected lines, except for the second unseen, "which was extremely difficult at this level with a few examples of the passive voice and a deponent verb", he said.

On Classical Studies, Mr O'Dea said while most questions were "fair and reasonable, there was quite a difficult question on the successes of Julius Caesar".

Overall, however, students were pleased, while anyone doing the ordinary level paper would have been quite satisfied, he said.

Italian higher level candidates had a harder time of it, with Robbie Cronin of Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin, and of the ASTI, regarding the paper as "a bit too difficult for this level".

Among his concerns were the reading comprehension on three different markets in Italy and an article on a talent contest.

Mr Cronin said the ordinary level paper was "fine", although he had issues with terms used in some questions, including 'download free of charge'.

Irish Independent

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