Wednesday 20 September 2017

'No trick questions' but time was tight to finish

LC Art

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

AT first glance, the Leaving Certificate art higher level paper may have looked difficult, but on more careful reading it was ok, said teacher Helen Comiskey.

However, Ms Comiskey, of the Teachers' Union of Ireland and Dunshaughlin Community College, Co Meath, said there was a lot of work in both papers and pupils said they were pushed for time.

Jane Campbell of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland and St Joseph's Convent of Mercy, Navan, Co Meath, said her pupils loved the papers.

"Higher level was nicer because it was broader, while the ordinary level was more specific," said Ms Campbell.

She welcomed a new departure this year where pupils were asked to write about an art movement rather than an artist.

Sheila McLoughlin of Yeats College, Galway, said the Iron Age came up as predicted with a choice of objects to discuss.

Angela Griffith of the Institute of Education described it as "one of the fairest papers in quite some time".

"There were no trick questions. Questions were well phrased and it was well illustrated," she said.

Irish Independent

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