Leaving Cert 2021

  • The Government is hoping final plans for this year's Leaving Cert can be agreed this afternoon.

    The Cabinet sub-committee on education is due to be updated on the process by the Education Minister Norma Foley.

    Castlerea-based GP Dr Madeleine Ní Dhálaigh is a member of the Irish Medical Organisation's GP committee, and the parent of a leaving cert student.

    She says the uncertainty is affecting pupils' mental health....

  • The final plans for this year's Leaving Cert are expected to be agreed this afternoon.

    The cabinet sub-committee on education is due to be updated by Education Minister Norma Foley on the process, in order to give clarity to the 60,000 or so students due to sit the exams.

    Talks with unions were continuing late last night in a bid to reach an agreement that could be put before the cabinet sub-committee on education this afternoon.

    It's expected an incorporeal, or over the phone, meeting of the full cabinet would then give sign off.

    The favoured model is one that has an element of written exams along with some predictive grades.

    However, it's yet to be confirmed what choice individual students will have between the two for their own exams.

    It comes as the Teachers Union of Ireland has called for the cancellation of the Junior Cert.

    It said based on public health advice it won't be possible to run the junior and leaving cert at the same time, and so the exam should be replaced with an appropriate alternative.

  • Students will be able to register their preferred option for this year's Leaving Cert later.

    The self-service portal opens at midday, with students able to indicate whether they wish to sit the exam, take calculated grades, or both.

    Registration closes next Tuesday, but will open again around the end of April, where they will be asked to confirm their choices.


  • Students will have a choice between written exams and predictive grades for this year's Leaving Cert.

    The Cabinet sub-committee on education approved a model yesterday evening that will see all students offered predictive grades for each subject.

    They will also be able to select which written exams they sit, and will take the higher of the two results towards their final points.

    This year's Junior Cert has been cancelled.

     While teachers' unions have expressed some concerns in relation to the plans for this year's Leaving Cert, the Irish Second-Level Students Union has welcomed the options being provided for students - as they had consistently called for choice and clarity.

    Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers has also welcomed the clarification for the class of 2021......