Saturday 18 November 2017

Migration and Syrian refugees makes Leaving Cert Geography topical paper

Tens of thousands of students are sitting exams
Tens of thousands of students are sitting exams

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

Questions on migration and Syrian refugees made for a very topical Leaving Certificate Geography Higher Level paper.

Migration was a big feature of the Human Elective section , with  two questions, including one  on challenges faced by countries receiving large numbers of migrants.

“This was a good topical question and it is good to see that the exam is keeping up to date with ongoing events,” said Michael Doran, a teacher at the  Institute of Education, Dublin

Mr Doran said the popular Geoecology section would have been a delight for many students, , as the questions “were very straight forward and dealt with important topics that they would have put a lot of effort in to learning.”

But,  he said  some may have been disappointed at the lack of human interaction questions in Physical Geography, although there was a fair choice in that section.

“The question on fluvial adjustments was a surprise, as it has been asked a lot over recent years. Students may not have given it the same attention as other topics.

“Overall however, students would have been able to answer one of the three questions,” he said.

Mr Doran said the choice on Regional Geography, often the most challenging section for many students because of  the  wide range of potential topics that can come up, was fair.

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