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Exam decision will relieve some of the stress for pupils who have been clamouring for certainty

John Walshe


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Ombudsman Niall Muldoon expressed concern over increasing stress on students. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ombudsman Niall Muldoon expressed concern over increasing stress on students. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ombudsman Niall Muldoon expressed concern over increasing stress on students. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The news that the Leaving Cert will go ahead in late July or early August will be welcomed by the 61,000 exam students who have been clamouring for certainty.

They have been under enormous strain for the past few weeks. A survey carried out by Foróige among 16-18-year-olds reported they are finding it difficult to do school work at home while simultaneously worrying about the health and safety of their loved ones.

"This 'double whammy' of anxiety and health concerns puts an enormous weight on the shoulders of so many of our young people," according to the Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon.