Fears over students learning by rote
Published 30/03/2011 | 05:00
TOO many Junior Cert candidates sitting last year's Irish higher level paper relied heavily on answers they had learned "off by heart".
The problem was identified in a report by the Chief Examiner for the State Examinations Commission.
The report is one of a series done every year on different subjects reviewing the performance of candidates in the State exams. The examiner highlighted a widespread concern about second-level students depending on rote learning.
"It is evident that an excessive number of students are using pre-prepared answers in the composition, prose, poetry and the letter," the report states.
And it advises that candidates would perform better if more emphasis was put on imagination, and a positive, creative and original approach.
Government education advisors, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), are drawing up plans for a major revamp of the Junior Cert, partly triggered by the concerns about rote learning.