Monday 26 August 2019

Almost 59,000 students to receive Leaving Cert results after major reforms

The timetable was extended by two days to provide for new scheduling options this year.

Tens of thousands of pupils are learning their Leaving Certificate results (Brian Lawless/PA)
Tens of thousands of pupils are learning their Leaving Certificate results (Brian Lawless/PA)

By Aoife Moore, PA

Almost 59,000 students have received Leaving Certificate results following major reforms to the exams timetable.

A total of 58,787 students, a 2.9% increase on last year’s total, took examinations across the Leaving Certificate Established, Leaving Certificate Applied and Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme this year after the timetable was extended by two days to provide for new scheduling options.

The new options are intended to minimise clashes for students, after the introduction of new subjects of politics, computer science and PE.

As a result of this measure, no students were required to sit three examinations in one day this year.

Among those receiving results are more than 2,716 students who took the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA), an alternative to the traditional academic exams, 608 of these students earned a distinction grade.

There was a slight increase in the number of students sitting exams for non-curricular EU languages this year – a total of 1,679 as against 1,461 in 2018.

Polish continues to be the most popular, with 780 students sitting the language exam, followed by Romanian (340), Lithuanian (177) and Portuguese (116)..

The results day has been brought forward by one day while the appeals timeline is shorter and will finish three weeks earlier than previous years, with post-appeal results confirmed by September 20.

I want to congratulate everyone who sat the Leaving Certificate this year. It is another step through life but there are many more days and changes that will define your future. You should be very proud of your achievements Education Minister Joe McHugh

The third major reform was a more compassionate approach for students who suffer a close family bereavement around the time of exams and can defer up to three days of exams.

Education Minister Joe McHugh said: “I want to congratulate everyone who sat the Leaving Certificate this year. It is another step through life but there are many more days and changes that will define your future. You should be very proud of your achievements.

“Principals, teachers and other school and education staff deserve huge credit for their work to support students in reaching their potential, as do the 23,000 teachers directly involved in the operation of the state examinations, without whom the exams would not happen.

“Parents and guardians also deserve our thanks. I am sure many felt that they themselves were sitting the exams. Your role in supporting students through the senior cycle cannot be underestimated.”

Minister McHugh also welcomed the reforms to the Leaving Certificate examinations this year.

“I introduced a number of measures to try and alleviate the stress and burden experienced by some students,” the minister said.

“These changes are about trying to ease some of the pressure which students face.”

From the earlier time of 10am this year, students who are not in a position to collect their results in person from their school can access them through the SEC’s new online Candidate Self-Service Portal on www.examinations.ie.

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