Friday 24 January 2020

It's business as usual as Brexit pops up again

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

One of the popular themes of this year's exams, Brexit, featured again in the Junior Certificate higher level business exam.

The 'B Word' itself wasn't used in the question, but candidates were asked about the impact of Britain leaving the EU.

Teacher Vanessa Byrne of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) approved of the "simple" language in the question, which would be a help to those who may not have understood the term Brexit.

Higher level candidates sat two papers and, Ms Byrne, who teaches at Presentation College, Askea, Co Carlow, said students were "very happy" after their day's exams.

Ruairi Farrell of the Teachers' Union of Ireland agreed the papers were fair. A teacher at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow, Mr Farrell said that the second paper was more challenging than the first, but that was to be expected.

But Mr Farrell said there was "plenty of choice" on the afternoon paper.

Padraic McWeeney, also of the ASTI, and a teacher at St Mel's, Co Longford, described the higher level paper as a "good mix between the familiar and some topical issues".

The paper included a home budgeting question involving a couple where one had been promoted and the other was taking parental leave.

Even though Brexit is not on the syllabus, Mr McWeeney said students would have read about it and he welcomed questions on such topical issues.

Mr Farrell described the ordinary level paper as "very student-friendly".

Irish Independent

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