Water charges cropped up again on an exam paper yesterday, this time in a question for Junior Certificate Science Higher Level candidates, who had to explain the process involved in the treatment of domestic water.
It was one example of how examiners worked hard to make the paper relevant to everyday life, said teacher Pauline Nagle, of Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Clare, and the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI).
There was another, she said, in part of a question that referred to a battery, and used a mobile phone as an example.
But Ms Nagle thought that while a lot of the paper was "very doable", some questions were geared only to the top students and "were close to Leaving Certificate standards".
One example was Q6 (c) (iv), about an experiment showing that air is a "mixture rather than a compound".
"To do really well in this you would need a good grasp of science," she said.
Ms Nagle said the ordinary level paper was very doable, but would have tested the run-of-the-mill student in parts.