Tuesday 27 September 2016

Water charges add to topicality

Published 09/06/2015 | 02:30

Topical issues such as Water charges featured on the Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) paper
Topical issues such as Water charges featured on the Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) paper

Topical issues, including water charges and peaceful campaigning, and teenage Pakistani peace activist Malala Yousafzai, featured on the Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) paper.

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Donal McCarthy, of Presentation Secondary School, School Street, Wexford and the ASTI, said there wasn't a CSPE class in the country this year that would not have covered Malala's being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Teachers liked the question on analysing European election results, which, Mr McCarthy said, fed into the focus of the numeracy strategy of bringing numbers into subjects.

And there was a welcome for the innovative question inviting students to write a tweet about a campaign in their local community, rather than, for instance, drawing a poster.

Brendan O'Regan, of the CSPE Teachers' Association, said that it should appeal to students' love of social media.

The association gave the paper a broad welcome. As well as being topical, it was well balanced and challenging at times, Mr O'Regan said.

While they regarded the paper as fair, the association had some quibbles, including the lack of international buildings in the picture question.

Irish Independent

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