Sunday 21 July 2019

Pupils are offered moment of escapism from 'sticky' listening question


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Junior Cert pupils would have been grateful for just a little escapism in their German exam.

"There was a section about where we go on holiday and what are our plans for the weekend," said Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) subject representative Pamela Conway, from Skerries Community College, north Co Dublin.

"That should have been really accessible and there was even a question about the last day of school."

But some Junior Cert students said there was a "sticky question" on the listening section.

Meanwhile, students who had studied Julius Caesar and the 'Iliad' wouldn't have been disappointed by "fair" papers in Junior Cert Latin and Classical Studies, according to one teacher.

Jim O'Dea, from Rathdown School in Glenageary, Co Dublin, said both were well balanced.

The only small criticism from Mr O'Dea was that the "background for some of the passages for translation (in the ordinary exam) would not be as familiar as the passages at higher level".

Mr O'Dea said Latin was: "A very fair and balanced paper. Well prepared candidates will have had a good opportunity to display their skills."

Irish Independent

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