Thursday 22 August 2019

Modern twist goes down well on a 'very fair exam'

Students said they were “very happy” with the Leaving Cert higher level business paper. (Stock image)
Students said they were “very happy” with the Leaving Cert higher level business paper. (Stock image)

Katherine Donnelly

Students said they were "very happy" with the Leaving Cert higher level business paper, which delivered "a modern take on quite an old syllabus", according to Ruairi Farrell, a subject representative with the Teachers' Union of Ireland (Tui).

Subjects covered included the environment and sustainability, which has emerged as a key theme across the exams this year. The nurses' strike earlier this year also featured.

Mr Farrell, of Coláiste Craobh Abhann, Co Wicklow, said students would also have enjoyed seeing references to products such as Fitbit watches and the 20th anniversary of the euro.

Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) subject representative Margo McCann noted the different layout in the applied business question (ABQ) and also that part B, which used the phrase management activities, required very specific information to answer.

Overall, Ms McCann of St Augustine's College, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, thought it a "very fair paper" and liked the way current affairs were brought into questions.

There was an equally positive response to ordinary level, with both teachers drawing attention to a question about applying for a seasonal job in the Kildare Village outlet, drawing students into topics such as induction training, benefit-in-kind and gross pay.

"Students could certainly relate to it," said Mr Farrell.

Ms McCann said it was an example of "nice scenarios" presented in questions. Her only quibble was the short question about communications between managers and employees, which "involved a lot of reading" and was "quite demanding" for this level.

Irish Independent

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