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Monday 15 September 2014

Nerves as treaty question a no-show

Brian Byrne

Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30

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THE higher-level paper failed to ease students' nerves with an unexpected opening question – but was "grand" overall.

Tony Forrestal of Rosses Community School, Dungloe, Co Donegal, and the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI), said students had expected to see a question about the 1921 treaty debates – but were instead asked about the Belfast bombings.

"My thinking on it is that because it's always one of three topics that comes up, examiners didn't want to make the paper too predictable," he said.

Fintan O'Mahony of Scoil Mhuire, Greenhill, Carrick-on-Suir, said he had "no problem" with the ordinary level paper except for the documents section, which asks students to read a series of historic documents and answer questions on them.

He said: "It was more of an English paper comprehension. It didn't ask for a lot of historical information."

Irish Independent

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