First Leaving Cert Higher Irish Paper 'fairest in many years'
LEAVING Certificate Irish Higher Level Paper 1 was “possibly one of the fairest examinations in many years”, according to teacher Clare Grealy of the Institute of Education
It presented candidates with a “great variety in the topics presented to candidates. Essay titles were quite broad, allowing students to interpret the presented topics in a manner that they chose”, she said.
Ms Grealy thought the only challenging part of the paper appeared in the story question where candidates were given the option of writing about the saying, “Silence often denotes guilt” . Ms Grealy felt “it would not have been that familiar to students.
At ordinary Level, Ms Grealy said the essay section included topics that would have been discussed by students in the oral examinations, such as “My native area” and “A film I recently saw”.
She said the letter exercise asked candidates to write about a driving lesson, where the vocabulary required would have been similar to the language examined in one of the “picture sequences” in the oral exam