Good luck to all students
Yesterday almost 117,000 students began their Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations. With times tough and jobs very hard to come by, the points required for many third level courses are likely to be even higher this year than they were last year.
This year's examinations, particularly the Leaving Certificate, will be significantly different from previous years. In an effort to boost the number of students studying science and engineering at third level, a special bonus of 25 points has been introduced for all students achieving at least a D grade in the higher level maths paper.
The Irish examination has also been tweaked with 40pc of the marks, up from 25pc previously, now being awarded for the ability to actually speak our first national language.