| 12.5°C Dublin

Write stuff Taoiseach wishes Leaving Cert students good luck as written exams begin

"I hope the weather gets better as it normally does when the Leaving Cert students get down to their exams"

Close

The 60,000 Leaving Cert students were given the option of receiving a predicted grade or sitting an exam in each subject, or both (Ben Birchall/PA)

The 60,000 Leaving Cert students were given the option of receiving a predicted grade or sitting an exam in each subject, or both (Ben Birchall/PA)

The 60,000 Leaving Cert students were given the option of receiving a predicted grade or sitting an exam in each subject, or both (Ben Birchall/PA)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has wished the 61,000 Leaving Cert students good luck today as many of them begin written exams.

"I wish them all the very best because it has been a very, very challenging and difficult year for them," he said.

"Both in terms of the written exam — some 99% are doing that — and the accredited grades are there as a back-up.

"Fair play to everybody involved in education — in terms of teachers, special needs assistants, and all the staff.

"It has been very difficult but we have come through this far — we wish them the very best and if they have (Covid-19) symptoms they don't need to attend, they have the backup.

"I hope the weather gets better as it normally does when the Leaving Cert students get down to their exams."

Meanwhile, singer Bressie also offered students some coping tips for exam anxiety.

“Leaving Cert folk If at any stage you start feeling a bit overwhelmed over next few weeks . Few tips - two sharp inhales through nose and a long controlled exhale through mouth x 3 times (trust me) - breath in for 4 , hold for 5 and breath out for 7 x 5 (before exam)."

Almost 60,000 Leaving Cert students who opted to sit the State Exams sit their first paper today.

A total of 58,342 candidates are entered for the Leaving Certificate and 3,177 candidates are entered for the final year of the Leaving Certificate Applied programme this year.

The vast majority year's candidates are due to sit at least one paper under the ‘two-track' approach to assessments.

Some 90 per cent of registered students have indicated they will sit a written paper in at least one subject with 40,000 students intending to sit exams in five or more subjects.

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

However, as it is likely that some students who want to sit exams will not be able to do so due to Covid-19.

Those who test positive for Covid-19, show symptoms or are deemed to be a close contact of a confirmed case will have to accept accredited grades instead.

Students will sit their exams in centres laid out to allow for social distancing. They will wear masks, and a range of other public health hygiene protocols have been put in place to ensure the safety of both students and examinations staff.

Each student will be assigned their own desk for the duration of the exams, with no one else using that desk.

The papers that they complete will offer greater choice and contain fewer questions compared to a normal year. This is in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic and the loss of learning which was caused by school closures.

In the event that a student cannot sit an exam most will automatically be awarded an accredited grade.

Public health officials in the Limerick region have advised that a small number of students there have become unable to sit the exams because they have contracted the virus or have been deemed close contacts of a confirmed case.

School principals in the county are anxious given the high Covid figures in the region over the past three weeks.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Privacy