Students relieved and even delighted at Paper 2
There was relief, and even some joy, among Leaving Certificate Maths Ordinary Level students when they opened Paper Two yesterday.
After the demands of Paper One on Friday, Jean Kelly of Dublin's Institute of Education said some students she spoke to afterwards were "delighted".
According to Ms Kelly, while some weaker students may have found parts of the paper challenging, "on the whole it was manageable and accessible".
There was certain agreement among teachers that Q2 was the only tricky one.
Robert Chaney, of CBS Secondary School, Thurles, Co Tipperary, and the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI) noted that if the student didn't realise what was meant by what they were being told: "The line p makes equal intercepts on the axes at A and B, as shown", then they would not have been able to access any of the rest of the page of questions.
Ms Kelly said that while candidates may have found it quite challenging initially, as there were no co-ordinates given on the axes, " if they persevered with it they would have found it quite doable".
She referred to questions four and five on trigonometry and theorems, and said while students often found these topics quite challenging, the questions would have posed little difficulty.
Ms Kelly also praised Q9, on statistics: "Rather than having to sift through a deluge of numbers from the Central Statistics Office, the question was laid out in a less daunting manner, making it easier for students to see the answer".
Mr Chaney described it as "a fair paper that allowed students to better demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding, compared to Paper One".
He said the questions were "mainly straightforward, with few catches nor difficulties with notation or the wording" and "occasionally, hints were given".
Students came out generally happy with the experience, said Mr Chaney.