29 January, 2021 – Further meeting held of subgroup of Advisory Group on planning for state examinations 2021

A further meeting of the subgroup of the Advisory Group of stakeholders on planning for the state examinations 2021 was held online today, Friday 29 January.

The subgroup includes representatives of students, parents, teachers, school leadership and management bodies, the State Examinations Commission (SEC) and the Department of Education. The subgroup was formed to consider in greater depth issues relating to planning towards the 2021 examinations. 

The meeting was attended by the Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD.

Today’s meeting included discussion on what further measures could be made to address the demands on students preparing for the examinations.  Having regard to the impact of current school closures for face-to-face tuition, there was discussion on the scope and form of assessment for the examinations, orals and practicals, coursework and provision for out-of-school learners.

The Minister thanked the members of the subgroup for their continuing work and ongoing engagement in the efforts to plan for the examinations in 2021. 

A further meeting of the subgroup is planned for next week.