Saturday 18 November 2017

Latest blunder 'unfair' to pupils

Leaving Certificate Accounting

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Teachers said the latest blunder to hit the State exams caused confusion and upset, and was unfair to all those candidates who had been affected.

The error affected 207 Higher Level candidates in 16 schools, who opened their accounting papers to find four of the eight pages missing.

The problem affected schools in south county Dublin, where candidates were given extra time to finish the exam after complete papers were rushed out by fax or email.

For those schools that were unaffected, Aine Ni Cheidigh of the ASTI and Ard Scoil Ris, Griffith Avenue, Dublin, described the higher level paper as very long and challenging, and said time was always a problem with this paper.

Maureen Shanahan, of the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI), said higher level was a "very reasonable" paper, that good students who had prepared well would have liked.

She said question 3 would have taken time to work out, while question 8 was very long in parts.

Ms Ni Cheidigh noted that question 8 had an additional part to it this year, while there was also a lot of writing involved in question 9.

Arthur Russell, of The Institute of Education and Stratford College, Rathgar, described igher Level as challenging, but manageable for students who had covered all the syllabus.

He said candidates who succumbed to the temptation to ignore topics from last year's paper were disappointed as the examiner choose to revisit some of the areas examined.

Mr Russell said ordinary level was "lovely and struck the right balance between accessibility and challenge", while Ms Shanahan described it as time consuming.

Irish Independent

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