Thursday, March 19, 2020

THE Department of Education have announced that many of the orals and practicals for Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate have been completely cancelled. All students due to sit those particular exam components will receive full marks.

Following a period of uncertainty, Education Minister Joe McHugh confirmed today that the exams, which were due to take place for two weeks on Monday, March 23 have been completely cancelled. In the interests of fairness, all students will receive full marks.

No decision has been made yet regarding the State examinations in June, but with the schools closed until March 30 at the very earliest, it is unsure whether the June date will remain fixed.

The below orals and practicals have been completely cancelled:

  • Oral tests in Leaving Certificate Irish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese.
  • Practical performance tests in Leaving Certificate Music.
  • Practical performance tests in Junior Certificate Music and Home Economics

Those examinations and practicals which were due to take place on the week beginning April 27 are still scheduled to proceed as planned. No decision has been made regarding the LCVP as yet.

Project deadlines have also been extended, as many students left their project in school before the announced closure of all schools. A new deadline of May 15 applies to those projects.

Minister McHugh said “We will continue to respond at the right time and in the right way, with the impact on our students at the forefront of our minds.”

These amended dates and cancellations will be welcome news for students who have been worrying. However, given that not all students were due to sit a practical or an oral examination, the awarding of full marks is likely to be brought into question at a later date.


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