Friday 15 December 2017

Return to a student-friendly format welcomed


Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

BOTH the late Apple founder Steve Jobs and the legend of Tir na nOg cropped up in a topical Leaving Cert higher level Irish paper 2, deemed fair but challenging.

The paper saw a return to more student-friendly comprehensions than in recent years, said Samantha Hogan of Yeats College, Galway.

The teacher pointed out that pupils would have recognised much of the vocabulary in the comprehensions on Mr Jobs and his input into modern technology and also the development of Radio na Gaeltachta over the past 40 years.

Clare Grealy, Irish teacher at the Institute of Education, Dublin, was in agreement, describing the topics as accessible and of interest to pupils.

Robbie Cronin, of the ASTI and Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin, said the questions gave "everybody a decent chance".

The prose questions on the legend of Oisin in Tir na nOg caused little difficulty.


Ms Grealy said the poetry question on the area of humour was "very predictable".

"Overall, the higher level Irish was fair, yet appropriately challenging," Ms Hogan said.

Yet, there were differing views on the ordinary level Irish paper 2, which some deemed "quite challenging" and others well within "pupils' grasp".

There were few surprises in the comprehensions, yet both the poetry and prose questions may have been difficult for some pupils, said Ms Hogan.

"A tough paper, which would have proved quite challenging for weaker students," added Ms Grealy, pointing out the prose questions were unpredictable.

The TUI's Ruth Morrissey said they had made the paper more current and topical. "A lot of the students were happy with the paper," said Ms Morrissey. "There was nothing that was out of the grasp of the ordinary level students."

* The NCCA is inviting student feedback on the Leaving Certificate oral exams on its website,, until Friday.

Irish Independent

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