mrboswell Registered User
#1

Do anyone know what the official line is with regard to the banned chemicals?
Does it mean that practicals involving these chemicals cannot be asked?
It seems very strange to have a number of experiments examinable if they can not be conducted in the lab...

TheDriver Moderator
#2

it was an urgent move in a circular last March, nothing much else since then. Most teachers haven't even heard about the new banned list

solerina Registered User
#3

Dont do the experiments but learn all about them it seems..... the circular is DES CL0014/2011.
This circular says
.....in the interim, these topics will remain part of the syllabus in terms of the theoretical knowledge and the experimental procedure, and its outcomes, but students will not be required to have physically undertaken the procedure. These topics will, as heretofore remain examinable in the Leaving Certificate Chemistry examination until notice to the contrary is given !!

mrboswell Registered User
#4

Yea thought as much.

Are we surprised that nothing ever get carried out properly in this country?

rainbowtrout Registered User
#5

TheDriver said:
it was an urgent move in a circular last March, nothing much else since then. Most teachers haven't even heard about the new banned list


I don't know about that. Any of the chemistry teachers I know are aware of it.
We have a truckload of chemicals waiting to be collected and disposed of. No more cobalt chloride paper and no more sodium dichromate.

Can't see the reactions involving dichromate being asked in Section A of the chemistry paper for the time being as these are part of the mandatory experiments students are supposed to complete.

Considering one of the mandatory experiments on the chemistry course is a radioactivity one, I'd say they'll follow suit. That one has never been asked since the syllabus was first examined in 2002.

But with a draft syllabus up for review it shouldn't matter too much in the long run.

Westsa Registered User
#6

Do anyone know what the official line is with regard to the banned chemicals?
Does it mean that practicals involving these chemicals cannot be asked?
It seems very strange to have a number of experiments examinable if they can not be conducted in the lab...

The experiments can still be asked. It's on the circular. You can't perform the experiments but they are still examinable.

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