Tuesday 22 October 2019

'A lot of practice needed to finish test in three hours'

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A paper that would suit someone who was "match fit" but, at the same time, students would need "to have the practice in to get it done in three hours", was how Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) subject representative Eamon Scully described Leaving Cert higher-level accounting.

Mr Scully, of Maria Immaculate Community College, Dunmanway, Co Cork, said that overall it was "very fair and straightforward. If someone was at the tail end of their exams, it would have been a nice way to finish - if they had their work done".

Maria Kyle of the Business Studies Teachers' Association of Ireland (BSTAI) echoed his sentiments, saying: "Teachers would be very concerned at the growing length of the paper and the challenge faced by students to complete everything within the three hours."

Her students raised an issue about Q1, which included an adjustment in relation to depreciation when selling a delivery van, which "they are not used to seeing in this context and it threw them".

She said students welcomed Q6, club accounts, the first time since 2011 it was a long question, but they had to depreciate their assets and "they are not used to it in club account".

Mr Scully described the ordinary level paper as "very fair".

Irish Independent

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