Limerick billionaire JP McManus is funding third-level scholarships for top-achieving students from low-income families. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

More than 100 high-achieving school-leavers from low-income families will receive scholarships on Saturday for third-level education under an initiati(...)

The Junior Cert materials technology (wood) exam was worth just a third of marks, with the remainder resting on practical work completed by students earlier in the year. Photo: iStock

The Junior Cert woodwork exam papers were fair and well-structured to reward students with a wide knowledge of the syllabus, according to teachers. T(...)

Technical graphics: many Junior Cert students found themselves under “extreme time pressure” to complete today’s higher-level exam. Photo: iStock

Many Junior Cert students found themselves under “extreme time pressure” to complete today’s higher-level technical-graphics exam. Some teachers said(...)

Many students complained that they were unable to complete the full technical graphics Junior Cert  paper. Photograph: Getty Images

Junior Cert students faced an almost impossible task of trying to complete their technical graphics exam within the three-hour time limit, according (...)

Tenacity, determination and a bit of luck: Jill Tully, Oonagh Sands, Karen McMonagle, Gráinne McNamara and Kathleen Garrett

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Teacher Michael Leyden said the higher-level exam, while well-pitched, probably kept most students busy until the end of the exam. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

While the technical graphics paper was in tune with the syllabus, ordinary-level materials technology was surprisingly difficult, according to Juni(...)