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Yonela Mahlasela from South Africa, Natalie Russell, Fatima Said from Somalia and Justine King, all sitting the Leaving at St Joseph's in Stoneybatter.

Yonela Mahlasela from South Africa, Natalie Russell, Fatima Said from Somalia and Justine King, all sitting the Leaving at St Joseph's in Stoneybatter.

Yonela Mahlasela from South Africa, Natalie Russell, Fatima Said from Somalia and Justine King, all sitting the Leaving at St Joseph's in Stoneybatter.

AFTER all the anguish over the Leaving Certificate Maths Higher Level Paper 2 last year, this year's paper was "much easier", according to Eileen Scanlon of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), writes Katherine Donnelly.

"Students seemed happy and dealt with any strange bits they met," said Ms Scanlon, a teacher at Jesus and Mary/Salerno Secondary School, Salthill, Go Galway. Brid Griffin, a Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) representative and teacher at Carlow Institute of Further Education agreed students were happy, calling it a "reasonable paper, with a balance of questions".

She described the two co-ordinate geometry questions as "doable", although the last part of Q3(c) "definitely tested students' abilities".

The vector question would have put students at their ease and the two trigonometry questions were typical, although the (c) parts were challenging.

Ms Griffin said the Ordinary Level paper was a "fair test of students' mathematical ability and was well received.

The questions on aerial volume, statistics and probability put students on a "positive footing" but they found it hard to understand the linear programming question.

While Ms Griffin thought the Simpsons Rule question very practical Maria Kelly, an ASTI spokesperson was critical of parts (b) and (c).

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