Tuesday 12 December 2017

Food for thought with relevant themes

Grainne Cunningham

TWO questions on nutrients, rather than one, surprised Leaving Cert students taking the home economics higher level paper yesterday, teachers said.

However, most seemed happy as it reflected the time devoted to studying this aspect of the course, according to Sandra Cleary, home economics teacher at the Institute of Education, Dublin.

The paper was judged to be challenging though fair, but Ms Cleary queried the "examiner's obsession with household finance, to the exclusion of equally valid sections of the syllabus" as "mystifying".

Ms Cleary said many students would have been relieved not to see housing on the elective section and praised the unemployment question as topical and sensibly presented.

Maura McCaul, of the ASTI and Loreto College, St Stephen's Green, Dublin, praised the paper for the relevance of themes such as family law, employment rights and private health insurance.

A question on the Childcare Act 1991, which was examined for the first time, was "very well set and straightforward".

A spokesperson for the TUI said both higher and ordinary papers were fair, with a "strong relevance to the Ireland of today and the challenges the country faces".

Irish Independent

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