Students are forced to think outside box
THE higher-level paper was challenging, but not unfair, according to one teacher.
Eamon Dennehy of Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, Laois, and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) said it was not a paper where a student could have relied on rote learning to get through.
"Higher-order thinking was required and candidates had to apply their knowledge to everyday situations... It was more about gauging understanding than rote learning," he said.
Mr Dennehy said this was a growing trend in this paper and one that he welcomed.
He described the ordinary-level paper as student friendly, and one that "sought to gauge what the student knew rather than trying to catch them out on what they didn't".