Friday 24 January 2020

A real head-scratcher on UN boss

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Picture: AFP
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Picture: AFP

Examiners may get very few correct answers to a question on the Civics Social and Political Education (CSPE) paper asking students to fill in the name of the UN Secretary General, according to teachers.

The current incumbent at the UN, Antonio Guterres, was appointed in January, and Brendan Greene of the TUI and a teacher at St Claire's Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, regarded it as a difficult one for 15-year-olds.

Dermot Brennan of the ASTI and Clonakilty Community College, Co Cork, agreed it would have caught out a lot of students.

Mr Greene thought the paper was light on national politics, but, overall, he regarded it as fair and said the feedback from students was positive.

Mr Brennan agreed and said the question on the European Youth Parliament was well received.

Brendan O'Regan, representing CSPE Teachers' Association, also gave the paper a broad welcome, although he too picked up on the UN question, describing it as "challenging".

He described the Dublin Zoo picture question, representing stewardship, as "quite quirky and unexpected", while the question on waste prevention was a more sophisticated way of dealing with the issue than just recycling.

Irish Independent

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