The genetics question was unusual, as birds were used in the example. Bird chromosomes are the opposite way around to other species. File photograph:  Bob Winters/AFP

It was a challenging day for students of biology who emerged from the higher level paper complaining of difficult and, at times, old-fashioned questio(...)

A stiff vocabulary test kicked off of this year’s Junior Certificate, as higher level English students pored over a dense reading on the astronomer(...)

The Leaving Cert diarists from Adamstown Community School: Evelina Siaulyte, Natalia Staroscinska, Henry Kareem, Muntaz Rostam, Emily Kane, Keith Coffey. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

It was to be a model town. Adamstown, at the edge of the Dublin-Kildare border, was hailed as a well-planned new community where families and young p(...)

Tara McCarthy of St Angela’s College, Cork; Maedbh Heaney, Scoil Mhuire, Cork; Gillian Keating of Cork Chamber; and Saoirse Terry of Coachford College, Cork, at the launch of the I Wish events in Cork on February 12th, promoting Stem careers to girls and women. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Science, technology, engineering and maths (collectively known as Stem) has a women problem. These areas have always attracted and retained more bo(...)

Photograph: Laurence Dutton/Imagebank/Getty

‘Why is the sky blue?’ Have you ever had that question thrown at you from the back of the car? Could you answer it with confidence? Questions like (...)

Leaving Certificate students Seán O’Callaghan, Mark Ryan, Manav T Manoj, Clinton Byrne, Lauren Vickers, Orla Yeates and Rory O’Carroll at Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Nerves were jangling but by no means shredded in Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, the school which featured this year’s The Irish Times Leaving Cert diarist(...)

Drawing from early Christian art right up to graphic design, the Leaving Certificate art paper presented students with a ‘thought-provoking’ range of (...)

Frances Fitzgerald: Sent back to her old job by the CSPE exam.

A mix of wordy and nonwordy questions were laid out for Junior Certs yesterday in the second year of a Maths Paper II exam drawn from the new Project (...)

Spain’s Fernando Torres celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2010 World Cup final. The tournament was one topic students were able to work with.  Photograph: Inpho

In what has been described as the easiest higher level Irish exam in years, teachers are making comparisons with the Junior Cert as higher level stude(...)

Seamus Heaney’s inclusion as an Unseen Poet on Paper 2 this year has been  described by many students as “just cruel”.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Examiners sent Seamus Heaney astray again this Leaving Cert, as the poet turned up on the Unseen Poetry section and not in Prescribed Poetry - as many(...)