Sunday 17 December 2017

Wrapping up on a Mediterranean note

JC Final Exams

The Junior Certificate wrapped up with exams that echoed the Mediterranean weather enjoyed in parts of the country.

The final exams were in Latin, classical studies, Italian and ancient Greek.

Jim O'Dea of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and Rathdown School, Glenageary, Dublin, said while the subject matter in the higher-level Latin paper was familiar for pupils, the grammar was difficult in places.

He said the examiners threw in a number of "awkward" grammatical constructions which, he said, were "on the rare side". Mr O'Dea described the ordinary-level paper as "fine".

The classical studies higher-level paper continued the positive trend of asking candidates to label diagrams, such as those dealing with architecture, to exemplify their answer, said Mr O'Dea.

Robbie Cronin of ASTI and Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin, described both Italian papers as "very good and student-friendly".

Irish Independent

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