The Government is expected to give some indication on Friday on the status of both sets of State examinations. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Children’s Ombudsman has called for “urgent clarity” on plans for this year’s Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate examinations which are due to b(...)

One proposal under consideration is that results would be awarded based on predicted grades which could also take into account past-exam performance. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Pupils preparing for State examinations this summer should find out by the end of the week whether the Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate will proce(...)

Luke Casserly: “We are the ‘lucky’ ones, getting to be the guinea pigs.” Photograph: Shelley Corcoran

“The class of 2020”. Back in September, 2013, that opening caption on the presentation at the introductory evening for parents of first-year students (...)

Student Rhona Butler had to sit a Leaving Cert exam the day after her mother, Margaret, died. Photograph: Courtesy of Rhona Butler

The State Examination Commission (SEC) mission statement says it is dedicated to providing a “high quality examinations and assessment system incorpor(...)

Fianna Fáil has called on the Minister for Education to clarify issues around the fairness of the Leaving Cert marking process. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

School principals have warned that the Leaving Certificate exam is “no longer fit for purpose” in light of an unpublished report which raises concerns(...)

Sorting and despatching of  Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate exam scripts   at the State Examinations Commission in Athlone. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Every year more than 100,000 students receive their Junior and Leaving Cert exam results. The fact the exams are marked anonymously and major errors (...)

Keep note of all important dates in the 2020 college application process. Photograph: iStock

January 20th (5.15pm): Closing date for the CAO early-bird online applications. A fee of €30 applies before this date and increases after that date to(...)

‘We are well into November and third year students are only now seeing sample papers for exams new Junior Cycle exams which take place in June.’ Photograph: iStock

First they came for the English teachers, and I did not speak out - because I was not an English teacher. Then they came for the science and business (...)

SEC insists shorter timeframe will ‘not impact the quality or accuracy’ of results .

Speeding up the correcting process for this year’s Leaving Cert means it is unlikely that all quality assurance measures will be completed on time, ac(...)

The final piece: Your CAO change of mind deadline.

Leaving Cert students have until this evening to adjust their college course selection ahead of the deadline for the CAO’s “change of mind” facility. (...)

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