Tuesday 6 December 2016

'No major pitfalls' in accessible paper that sought pupils' opinions

Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30

Students Niall Casey, David Grant O’Sullivan and Peter O’Brien outside Presentation College in Cork after English Paper 2. Photo: Daragh McSweeney
Students Niall Casey, David Grant O’Sullivan and Peter O’Brien outside Presentation College in Cork after English Paper 2. Photo: Daragh McSweeney

Leaving Cert English Paper Two was hailed by Cork students as both accessible and relatively straightforward.

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However, pupils at Presentation Brothers College (PBC) in Cork admitted that some might have been thrown by the lack of any questions about poet William Butler Yeats. "I think some students might have predicted Yeats would crop up because of all the Easter 1916 centenary ceremonies," Niall Casey (18) said.

"But the poets that did come up were Durcan and Bishop."

David Grant-O'Sullivan said the overall paper was quite accessible and lacked any obvious problem questions.

"There certainly didn't seem to be any major pitfalls in it," he said.

Peter O'Brien (19) added that the questions about William Shakespeare's 'King Lear' were as good as students could have hoped for.

PBC deputy principal and English teacher, Aidan Twomey, said English Paper Two continues an interesting trend over recent years in the Leaving Cert.

"I think the papers have been moving over recent years more and more towards what opinions a student has about the material rather than simply about how much they know," he said.

Irish Independent

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