Thursday 14 December 2017

Junior Cert, job done: 57,000 students get results

Sarah Stack and Ed Carty

Nearly 57,000 anxious teenagers opened their Junior Certificate results today.

Among the results, 15 high achievers discovered they got 12 A's, 115 secured 11 A's and 269 were awarded 10 A's.

Another 379 got 9 A's, 509 managed to secure 8 A's and 573 were awarded seven A's.

More than half a million individual grades in 26 different subjects were delivered to secondary schools nationwide.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn welcomed the increase in students taking higher level maths and science.

"Today's results are the culmination of many hours of hard work by all the students, their parents and teachers and they all should be very proud of what has been achieved," he said.

The nervous students include 1,070 candidates who re-entered education through various educational support schemes, including the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme and Back to Education Initiative.

The junior cert is to undergo radical reform by 2015 with written exams to make up just 50pc of marks. The focus would be on students taking eight subjects, rather than the more common list of 12, and aim to build a portfolio of coursework.

Richard Langford, chairman of the State Examinations Commission (SEC), sent his congratulations to all of the students, their parents and teachers.

He revealed the overall numbers sitting the exam rose by 1.5pc on last year, while the proportion of candidates who are re-entrants to education fell marginally to 1.9pc.

Mr Langford said he hope the 27,678 girls and 29,252 boys would continue with their studies and that the Junior Certificate outcomes would assist them in making informed future choices.

Results can accessed on-line from 4pm.

Ibec, business lobby group, urged the Government not to use reform to cut costs.

The group`s head of education policy Tony Donohoe said: "Change is urgently required, but a new curriculum must be adequately resourced if it is to develop a broader range of skills and stimulate pupils' enthusiasm for learning.

"An overhaul of the current over-crowded, rigid and subject-based curriculum is long overdue. The current system does not encourage the types of creativity, flexibility, independent thinking and appetite for learning that are so critical in later stages of education and work."

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