Tuesday 24 October 2017

Leaving Cert 2012: And they're off . . . 116,000 pupils sit Exams

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

LEAVING Certificate students from strife-ridden Libya were among the candidates sitting the state exams yesterday.

More than 116,000 Leaving and Junior Certificate candidates are entered for the exams, which got off to an uncontroversial start.

Students in some schools in the Dublin area had an earlier start than usual in order to avoid traffic congestion due to the arrival of the Olympic torch in the capital.

Some 31 Libyan students turned up at a special centre on Malta, to which the State Examinations Commission (SEC) has dispatched two superintendents.

Special arrangements were made to host the Leaving Cert exams on the Mediterranean island because of the unstable security situation in Libya.

There has been a tradition of students from the International School of Martyrs, in the Libyan capital, Tripoli taking the Leaving Cert since 1997. The school wanted an internationally acclaimed exam to offer to students and selected the Leaving Cert.


Because of the troubles in Libya last year, the SEC decided against running exams there and set up a special centre in Malta instead. However, no students turned up. In some cases, the Maltese authorities refused visas to the candidates.

This year, 53 Libyan-based candidates were entered for the Leaving Cert, one of whom was due to travel to Ireland.

The SEC was advised that other candidates would be granted visas to travel to Malta and went ahead with arrangements for the special exam centre.

Irish Independent

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