JC Metalwork: Teachers hope subject will survive in reform
JUNIOR Certificate metalwork candidates had a good day of it with their exam and teachers expressing the hope that the subject doesn't decline in popularity when Junior Cert reform is introduced.
Both Paddy Sheelan of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) and Kenny Donagher of the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI) said there was an increase in uptake in the subject, which is valuable in teaching problem-solving skills now demanded of pupils.
Mr Sheelan, St Oliver's Community College, Drogheda, Co Louth, was very positive about the higher-level paper, which he described as graphically up-to-date, well laid-out and more modern than the actual syllabus.
He said the paper had an excellent link back to the project part of the exam, which candidates had completed previously. Stating that he hoped the subject would not lose out under the Junior Cert reform plan he said it prepared pupils well for further study in engineering and technology.