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 Economics Paper 2, May/June 2009
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Question 1

The table below shows the natural growth rate of the population of country N over a period of time.
Use the information contained in the table to answer the following questions.

 Year Birth Rate per’000 Death Rate per ‘000 Natural Growth Rate 1971 45 32 L 1972 39 P 12.50 1973 26 22 Q 1974 R 22.50 4.50 1975 26.50 22.50 S 1976 20.50 T 3.00

(a) Determine L,P,Q,R,S, and T.

(b) With the use of a bar chart, graphically present the changes in the natural growth rate over the years. (Use of graph sheet is essential)

(c) Outline any three reasons for changes in birth rate.

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Observation

The question was not very popular with the candidates.  A few of those that attempted the question performed poorly in their attempts to add figures.  Worst still, majority of them drew histogram as against bar chart required  in the question.  In order to score high marks in the question, candidates were expected to present their answers in this way:

1.   Birth Rate – Death Rate = Natural Growth Rate.

(a)    L   =   45 – 32               =  13
P   =  39 – 12.50          =   26.50
Q   =  26 – 22                =   4
R   =  22.50 + 4.50       =    27
S   =  26.50  - 22.50     =    4
T   =  20.50  -  3           =    17.50