Wednesday 30 July 2014

Pupils who kept up to date reap rewards

LC Agricultural Science

A FAIR but challenging paper was the overall reaction of teachers to the Leaving Certificate agricultural science higher-level exam.

Lisa Carty Wallace, of Yeats College, Galway, said it was mixed, and left students disappointed that there were not more questions on animal enterprises and grassland.

Peter Keaney, of ASTI and Wilson's Hospital school Multyfarhnam, Co Westmeath, said while it was a "generally do-able" paper, he queried the "narrow" nature of question 2 on soils.

He said it might have put students off as it focused on the nutrients of soils and did not include soil structure.

Donal Power, of the Institute of Education, said the paper required students to have a good overall knowledge of agriculture and current agricultural practices.

Students who read around the subject and kept up to date with industry publications would have been rewarded, he said.

Mr Power said there was an attempt to reflect modern farming with questions on bull beef production and cross-breeding in dairy.

Mr Keaney added that the ordinary-level paper was student-friendly.

Irish Independent

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