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Thursday 14 December 2017

Lockout the key to success for many

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Loreto Convent Kilkenny students after the junior cert history
Loreto Convent Kilkenny students after the junior cert history exam
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Higher level allowed students to showcase their knowledge, but those who successfully gambled on the 1913 Lockout also had to be up to speed on land agitation.

That was the verdict of Tony Forrestal of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) and Rosses Community School, Donegal.

The many students who banked on the secession of Katanga were also rewarded not only with its appearance, but with a candidate-friendly question, he said.

Sean Delap of the Institute of Education said, overall, the paper has settled down well over the last number of years

Unusually, there were two parts to the contextualisation question in the document study section, which could have worked to the student's advantage, as it gave them more scope, he added.

A very popular topic in Section 2 was the pursuit of sovereignty, while a question on the Irish economy during the interwar years was expected, as it has not come up in a few years.

Some students may have been expecting the Treaty to come up as a full question, but it didn't, although students still had scope to discuss it, as it could have been interwoven into the question on the fortunes of Sinn Fein.

Mr Delap described the question on politics and society in Northern Ireland as testing.

Mr Forrestal said the question on the United States and the World was probably the hardest on the paper.

At ordinary level, he said the only real problem was a US picture that "looked like a bad photocopy".

Irish Independent

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