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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Unexpected elements divide teachers

LC Accounting

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Teachers' views varied on the Leaving Certificate Accounting higher-level paper.

Peter Quinn of the ASTI and Wesleigh O'Hagan of the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland agreed that it was challenging.

Arthur Russell of the Institute of Education said despite a few unexpected elements it was a fair paper with some nice innovative questions.

Veronica Edwards of the TUI also thought it fair, while Katherine Bell of Yeats College, Galway, described it as "very student-friendly and straightforward".

Mr Quinn, of St Flannan's College, Ennis, quibbled with the appearance of the Universal Social Charge (USC) in question 1, which, he said, might have put some students off because they hadn't come across it before.

But Mr Russell thought it a straightforward question, despite the addition of some new items in the accounts.

Mr Quinn felt question 5 should have included the words net profit; while in section 3, pupils "really needed to know quite a lot of stuff".

Ms O'Hagan, of Donabate Community College, Co Dublin, was concerned that up to 15pc on the published accounts question was theory.

Ms Edwards, of Carrigallen Vocational School, Co Leitrim, described the ordinary level paper as "nice".

Irish Independent

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