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Type of questions surprises students and teachers

LC Biology: Higher and Ordinary

Published 11/06/2014 | 02:30


THE absence of the core topics of photosynthesis and human reproduction on the paper was a surprise, according to a teacher Corinna Mahoney, of Yeats College, Galway.

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Generally, she thought the paper manageable, with some "tricky parts".

Ciara O'Shea of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and St Attracta's Community School, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, said sections A and C received a mixed reaction from her students, but they were unanimous in liking the Section B experiments.

While all her students did not agree, she thought Section A – the short questions – should have eased candidates in and a new style 'true or false' question wouldn't have caused many problems.

Topical issues in Section C included DNA profiling of beef and horse meat, and Alzheimer's disease

Ms Mahoney thought it surprising that a question on the myxoma virus, responsible for myxomatosis in rabbits, which was examined in 2008, featured again. Mona Murray, biology teacher at The Institute of Education, Dublin, described it as a "well-balanced paper that required a good depth of knowledge".

She said a clear and accurate knowledge of the biology syllabus would have been required, but well-prepared students would have been well-rewarded.

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