Saturday 16 December 2017

Widely divergent views on fairness of questions

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OLYMPIAN Ronnie Delany, former Kerry footballer Dara O Cinneide and job vacancies all put Irish language skills to the test yesterday.

Noelle Moran, from the ASTI and St Jarlath's College, Tuam, Co Galway, said "a lot of students" had concerns with the use of replacement papers following last week's security breach, but she felt that they had been fairly treated in relation to the variety of topics.

However, she noted that one particularly long sentence about former Olympic runner Ronnie Delany contained three separate numbers -- including the year, length of the race and the time.

"That was hard for ordinary level," Ms Moran said.

Robbie Cronin of the ASTI and Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin, said the higher-level essays were "fair and offered variety, although there was no mention of the much-expected essay on the Olympics or the importance of sport".

He said there was plenty of choice, including the health service, crime, Ireland as a welcoming and open country and a speech to students and teachers about your time in school.

However, Clare Grealy, of the Institute of Education, described the essay choice as "uninteresting, unimaginative and, in some cases, unreasonable".

She said the title inviting students to come up with a solution to the problems in the health service required specific knowledge, which was unreasonable.

Ms Grealy was also critical of the debate question: "Irish people should be more moderate in their consumption of drink."

It was, she said, "a fundamentally flawed debate topic, as it is almost impossible to argue cogently that Irish people should drink more".

Blaithin Ni Liathain, of the TUI and Kylemore College, Ballyfermot, Dublin, said the conversations that were used in the tape contained sentences that were too long and unrealistic.

Irish Independent

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