Saturday 20 January 2018

Referendum error leads to confusion

Skerries Community College Leaving Cert Students Ashley Ryan from Lusk and Lucy Mc Garry from Lusk after Maths Paper II yesterday.
Skerries Community College Leaving Cert Students Ashley Ryan from Lusk and Lucy Mc Garry from Lusk after Maths Paper II yesterday.
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

THE State Examinations Commission says it regrets an error in the Junior Cert Civic, Social and Personal Education (CSPE) Paper.

One question described the role of the Referendum Commission as presenting both sides of a proposed change to the Constitution, a function it has not held since 2001.

In the question, candidates were then asked to imagine their class had a similar role in relation to a school vote on earlier starting and finishing times.

Jeanne Barrett, Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and Loreto College, Foxrock, Dublin, thought it a good question about democracy at school level, but confusing because the job of the commission was misrepresented

Apart from the error, Brendan O'Regan, Association of CSPE teachers, said it was a well-balanced paper.

Brendan Greene, Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) and St Clare's Comprehensive School Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, noted that there was a "predictable" question on The Gathering in a "fairly balanced paper".

Irish Independent

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