Wednesday 22 November 2017

'I was very happy to see questions on eye and ear'

Leaving Cert students Sinead Naughton, Muireann Moylan, Lewis Beardshall, Eddie Douglas and Stephen Tuffy at Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone, Co Sligo. Photo: James Connolly
Leaving Cert students Sinead Naughton, Muireann Moylan, Lewis Beardshall, Eddie Douglas and Stephen Tuffy at Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone, Co Sligo. Photo: James Connolly

Greg Harkin

Students at Jesus and Mary College in Enniscrone expressed surprise at how questions were set on the biology Leaving Cert papers.

The usual question on genetics was in the short questions this time, however, while one question went down the medical route.

Sinead Naughton (18) said: "I thought the paper was OK. I was planning to avoid genetics if it came up but because it was a short question, that suited me better and I was able to do that."

Sinead, who hopes to study health at IT Sligo, added: "I was very happy to see questions on the eye and the ear. They hadn't come up for a long time and I had studied those well so that was pleasing from my point of view."

Oisín McCaffrey (18), who also sat the Higher paper, hopes to study medicine or ­ bio-medical science in Galway. "It was grand overall. The short questions were tough enough. There was one question asking for the percentage of water by mass in a human cell and I didn't get that," said Oisín.

Fearful

"The fact genetics wasn't a big feature in the paper was a big surprise to everyone."

Thomas Finnerty (18) who took the Ordinary paper, said: "I was fearful going into the Ordinary Biology paper today as this is not one of my strong subjects. However, I was surprised at how many questions I was able to attempt."

Their teacher Luke Saunders, founder of the exam aid studyclix.ie, said there were a number of deep questions at Higher level "to separate the As from the Bs".

He said questions asking students to give answers on illnesses from the position of a medical doctor were "unusual", and added: "That was very different this year."

Irish Independent

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