The format and formal timetable for the Leaving Certifcate examinations will be announced in the first week of June, according to Deputy Frank Feighan.
He said the details will be released then for students, subject to public health advice
The postponed examinations are due to commence on July 29th.Junior Cycle final examinations due to take place in June will be replaced by school-based exams and assessments held early in the new school year, said Deputy Feighan.
Practical examinations for Leaving Certificate students which were due to have been held in May are deferred. They will be rescheduled for late July/early August.
Deputy Feighan said: "I am glad to learn that the Minister for Education and Skills joe McHugh has put in place a roadmap and timeline for State Examinations to commence later this year as the unknown nature of events was causing stress and worry for students and school management alike.
"Asking Leaving Certificate students and their families to refocus their attention from June is not something we do lightly. We know it will not be easy. However, it is the fairest way of assessing students and giving them certification of achievement in school and a pathway to higher and further education and training, apprenticeship or work.
"The intention is to allow at least two weeks of class time, in school, before the Leaving Certificate examinations begin," said Deputy Feighan.