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Technology and music papers hit right notes

JUNIOR CERT

SHANE HICKEY

Published 23/06/2011 | 05:00

THERE was a broad welcome from students and teachers to the music and technology exams.

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Margaret Curran from St Mary's secondary school in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, said the Music Higher Level paper presented "no major problems" but there were a few surprises.

"There was one (question) where they were asked to give the historical background behind one of the works which is a little bit unusual," the ASTI representative said.

"The last part of the Irish music question was a little bit more precise than would normally be expected.

"They had to write about a particular song and a performance of it where normally the question would have been more general."

The ordinary level paper was of an expected standard, she said, although one part of a question could have caused confusion amongst weaker students where they were asked about a melody.

"Overall, both papers were fair," Ms Curran said.

Seamus Walshe, also from the ASTI and a teacher in the Presentation College, Askea in Co Carlow, said the technology paper was mostly welcomed by students.

One question in higher level prompted a lot of work for a short question, he said.

The ordinary paper was "challenging enough", although a question about a laser cutter may have been difficult for some as not all schools had the devices.

Irish Independent

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