Marathon format consigned to history
Leaving Certificate Classical Studies/Latin
Published 24/06/2010 | 05:00
THE marathon that is classical studies in the Leaving Cert is over. Next year, students will only have to answer six questions instead of eight.
"We've been campaigning for this for years," said Jim O'Dea, from Rathdown Secondary School, Glenageary, Co Dublin, whose students were happy with the higher level paper.
"I would not necessarily agree with them, as some students could have been caught out by the inclusion of two-and-a-half questions from the Latin Anthology in the section 'Life and Thought in the Late Roman Republic'; normally, they only have to answer one."
He thought words such as 'manipulation' and 'vengeance' on the ordinary level paper were difficult for students at that level. His students were also happy with the Latin paper and particularly with the appearance of Ovid and Livy. For a change, the translation into Latin was easier than answering questions in English from a piece of Latin prose.