‘Some higher order thinking needed’
WHILE both Junior Cert religious education papers were in line with previous years, the higher level exam was testing, according to teacher Stephen O’Hara.
Mr O’Hara said among the challenges facing higher candidates was the question where they were asked to compare the approach taken by both agnosticism with secular humanism to questions about the meaning of life.
Mr O’Hara, a TUI subject representative and teacher at Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co Cork, said that “definitely, higher order thinking was required”.
The ordinary level paper wasn’t without some tough questions including, he said, Q6 on the moral challenge. Given it was the last one on the paper and students had a choice, he felt many candidates might have avoided it.
Earlier, Junior Cert candidates sat home economics and teacher Margaret Kent regretted the fact that the examiners didn’t introduce the same changes seen on the Leaving Cert ordinary level paper this year, where explanations were given, in brackets, for some words.
Ms Kent, an ASTI subject representative, who teaches at Loreto Secondary School, Fermoy, Co Cork, said a lot students come from non-English speaking backgrounds and can be stumped by a particular word. At higher level, the use of the word ‘redress’ was one example of where, she felt, some candidates would have benefited from an explanation.
Ms Kenny also thought that the ordinary level paper could have down with more graphics.