Good luck: Leaving and Junior Cert examinations kick off as temperatures set to rise yet again – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views
December 13, 2017

Good luck: Leaving and Junior Cert examinations kick off as temperatures set to rise yet again

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With temperatures expected to hit highs of 25 degrees in parts of the country today, there is no denying the arrival of our annual examination weather. Over 120,000 students will begin their  Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations today across 5,000 examination centres. Today the exams will get underway with English as the first paper.  This year’s State exam will witness an increased percentage of students opting for higher level math papers, with a 73% rise from previous years. Such an increase is correlative to the extra CAO points on offer for sitting the higher level paper. With stronger competition for college courses due to rising CAO applications, it is evident as to why more students are selecting higher level papers. During what can be a stressful period for many, students are being reminded to get plenty of rest ahead of each exam. In a press release from the State Examinations Commission, Chairman Pat Burke stated:

“The State examinations represent the culmination of much hard work by students, their families and schools. The Commission is committed to ensuring that the examinations are conducted to the highest standards in an open, and fair manner. It is our objective to enable each candidate display his or her achievements during what can be a stressful time. I know that the continued support of families and the wider education community and beyond is essential at this time. The Commission wishes all those involved the very best over the three coming weeks of examination.”

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