Thursday 18 January 2018

Pupils and teachers alike happy with 'accessible' paper

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Castleknock Community College Leaving Cert students Rosie Timmon and Jane Murray pictured after they sat the Leaving Cert Business exam
Castleknock Community College Leaving Cert students Rosie Timmon and Jane Murray pictured after they sat the Leaving Cert Business exam
Castleknock Community College Junior Cert students Andriy Babiy with Robert Byrne and Andrew Merriman after they sat the Junior Cert Science exam

Grainne Cunningham

CASH-FLOW problems in a household, e-books and gaming were the topical issues in a paper that was "challenging but fair", said John McDonnell of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI).

Mr McDonnell, who teaches at the Jesus and Mary Secondary School in Crossmolina, Co Mayo, praised the applied business question in particular, which involved a group of pupils setting up a successful gaming company. However, he said it "needed to be read a couple of times" in order to do well at it.

Katherine Bell, of Yeats College, Galway, said her pupils were also "very happy" with the paper. They also liked the applied business section and she agreed with Mr McDonnell's assessment of the paper as fair but challenging.

Keith Hannigan, from the Institute of Education, agreed, saying that "despite a few challenging aspects, this was an accessible paper, which required independent thinking from pupils.

"In a departure from a previous style of question, question 4, part (a), asked pupils how to encourage intrapreneurship (rather than to give examples or define the term). This was a fresh angle on this topic and pupils would have had to carefully consider their response," he said.

Pupils would have been pleased with questions 6 and 7, both of which focused on marketing, a popular topic, he said.

Mr McDonnell said the ordinary-level paper was "straightforward" and included a good range of topics that pupils should have been anticipating.

Irish Independent

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