Junior Cert ends on Mediterranean theme
JC Latin, Classical Studies, Italian & Ancient Greek
AS usual, the Junior Certificate wrapped up on a Mediterranean theme, with exams in Latin, Classical Studies, Italian and Ancient Greek.
There were no more than about 1,400 candidates left for the final day, with 618 entered for Classical Studies, 322 for Latin, 464 for Italian and 38 for Ancient Greek.
Jim O'Dea, Rathdown School, Glenageary, Co Dublin, and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), thought Latin higher level a reasonable paper, apart from the second unseen passage, relating to Apollo and Daphne.
It was, he said, "quite difficult. Pupils had a choice between this unseen and translation from English to Latin and most pupils would have been better prepared for the translation from Latin to English and ended up with the tougher option in this case".
At ordinary level, he said there was a nice connection between the set text and the unseen translation, both relating to Proserpina, while the comprehension passage relating to the Trojan War was very straightforward, and the second unseen passage, about Hannibal, very reasonable.
According to Mr O'Dea, the Classical Studies higher level paper was a good test of the pupils' knowledge of the course.
He said there was a good range of questions relating to the pupils themselves; such as 'what is your opinion, do you think, what is your impression and do to you feel sympathy for ... ?'
Robbie Cronin, of Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin, and ASTI, said the Italian higher level paper "had plenty of interesting articles and the language and level of the script was very appropriate for this age group".