Thursday 19 September 2019

A time for calm heads and wisely chosen questions


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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

As long as students remained calm and picked questions wisely, the Leaving Cert Geography higher level paper was "very fair", according to Laura O'Sullivan, subject representative for the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI).

Ms O'Sullivan, of Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí, Bantry, Co Cork, said it covered a lot of topical issues, including a Brexit-related short question on applications for Irish citizenship since 2017 referring to the advantages of UK citizens having an Irish passport.

Another topical issue touched on in both papers was internet access and broadband, which would reward students who kept abreast of current affairs.

ASTI Geography subject representatives Margaret Fitzpatrick, of Midleton CBS Secondary School, Cork, and John Byrne, of Hamilton High School, Bandon, Cork, described the higher level paper as fair but challenging.

They said the physical geography section had a huge choice, the regional geography questions contained many key traditional topics, and there were "no real surprises" in the elective sections.

They noted that in the human geography elective, the question on the impact of migration was confined to rural areas, which differed from previous years. "Students might struggle to get full marks in it."

Ms O'Sullivan said ordinary level students should have been "quite happy" with their paper.

Irish Independent

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