05 June, 2019 - Ministers send good luck message to more than 124,000 students sitting state examinations

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D., the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. and the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development John Halligan T.D. today wished good luck to all students who are sitting Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle examinations.  

Minister McHugh said: “I would like to wish all students starting their Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate examinations today the very best of luck. These exams are the culmination of many days and nights of hard work and I wish you the very best wherever they take you. 

“The exams are a milestone in your education and you shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that there are many paths to a rewarding life. 

“There are now more options and opportunities for you than ever before, whether your focus is on a skill, a trade, a college or university course or all the new and older apprenticeships and traineeships. 

“Considerable work has been done this year, both in the Department and in the State Examinations Commission, to try and ease the levels of stress some students experience. 

“We extended the Leaving Certificate timetable by two days to minimise subject clashes and limit, as much as possible, the occasions when students have to sit three exams. We want to give students the best chance possible. 

“I also announced last week a more compassionate approach for students who suffer a close family bereavement at the Leaving Certificate examinations. 

“At Junior Cycle, students are sitting Business Studies and Science exams having already completed work accounting for 10 per cent of their marks. It is the first time this initiative has been in place and it’s just one of many small steps to improve the system. 

“We are lucky to have such dedicated and professional teachers and staff in our schools. Along with parents, they put in hard work every year to help young people prepare for exams and ensure they have much-needed support. 

“You also feel the stress. You all try to ensure that everything that can be done, is done. And I want to thank you all for your efforts and again the best of luck to all students sitting the state exams.” 

Minister Mitchell O’Connor said: “Over the next fifteen days Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate students will be working hard to demonstrate all they have learnt over the last few years. It is a challenging time for all, but don’t forget that you are more than the outcomes of an examination. Your future is what you make of it. 

“Keep in mind all that you have learnt in school beyond your academic subjects. Your skills of communication, resilience and decision-making, your entrepreneurial skills, creativity and your confidence. Many of these skills are the very attributes that can help you when facing into these certificate examinations. 

“A group deserving of special mention at this time are the mature students who have chosen to sit the Certificate examinations. Some of these students are parents of students doing exams themselves. You have taken the brave step of returning to education.” 

Minister Halligan said: “I would like to send good wishes to all students sitting the Certificate examinations. While I acknowledge the importance of these examinations for all of you, I encourage you not to lose sight of the full range of opportunities open to you, from higher and further education to traineeships and apprenticeships.  Or should you decide to enter directly into the world of work I wish you well. But keep in mind the possibility of returning to education or training as a mature student or, more importantly, understand and maximise the opportunities open to you through the world of lifelong learning.” 

Notes for Editors 

  • 54,440 students are entered to sit the Leaving Certificate, including the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme.
  • 2,709 students are entered to do the Leaving Certificate Applied.
  • 62,562 students are entered to sit the Junior Cycle.
  • The examinations commence on Wednesday, 5 June 2019 and will continue until Wednesday, 19 June 2019 for Junior Cycle and Tuesday, 25 June 2019 for Leaving Certificate.
  • As part of a new pilot measure to assist bereaved students, candidates who suffer the death of a close relative during the examinations, or in the two days prior to the beginning of examinations, will be able to sit alternative examinations in July if they wish. This could be in respect of examinations falling to be sat for up to a three-day period during the June written examination timetable, from the date of death up to and including the day after the funeral.
  • The results of the Leaving Certificate will be issued on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 and will be available on line from 10am that day. This is one day earlier than the normal date of issue to facilitate the shortened Leaving Certificate appeals timeline, which is being brought back by 3 weeks in 2019. As a result, CAO offers will also issue earlier than normal, with Round 1 offers issuing on Thursday, 15 August.
  • It is planned to issue Junior Cycle results in late September.
  • The examinations are overseen by the State Examinations Commission. More information is available at www.examinations.ie