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Monday 22 January 2018

Language students say sayonara after fair papers

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

IT was 'ciao' and 'sayonara' to the Leaving Certificate at 5.20pm yesterday as the last of the candidates left exam halls after sitting Italian and Japanese. The third exam of the last afternoon was technology.

Robbie Cronin, of ASTI and Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin, said Italian higher level could be described as "not easy but fair".

"It was a good and varied paper where students were asked to use their knowledge in a practical way," he said.

The ordinary-level paper was very appropriate to the level, he added.

As 300 candidates sat Italian, there were almost 200 doing Japanese, most of them Irish-native students who have embraced this relatively new subject on the curriculum.

Interest in Japanese is growing, with 32 schools now taking the subject.

Teacher David McCartney said the higher-level paper was very fair with nothing surprising on it. His students at Ashbourne Community School, Co Meath, said they were well prepared for it, he added.

Another 1,000 did Religious Education yesterday. In The Search for Meaning and Values section, if students didn't fancy imagining what Aristotle would talk about if he visited their school today, they could take their cue from the lyrics of a Black Eyed Peas song about "What's wrong with the world" in the alternative question.

Irish Independent

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