Bullying question part of topical exam
Bullying, water conservation and blended families as a result of second relationships were among the topical issues that featured on the Junior Certificate home economics paper, writes Katherine Donnelly.
Both the higher and ordinary-level papers had a good choice of questions and were well received by students, said Maura McCaul, of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland and Loreto College, St Stephen's Green, Dublin.
Ms McCaul said the higher-level paper did not shirk from difficult issues, such as the effects of alcohol abuse on a family.
She said the consumer studies section also had a relevant question about pursuing a complaint about a damaged schoolbag
The written papers form only part of the assessment for Junior Cert candidates. It is worth 50pc at higher level and 40pc at ordinary level.