Gary Gannon TD

Delay calls into question the very relevance of Junior Cert exams

Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon has expressed disappointment after the Minister for Education was unable to confirm a date for the Junior Certificate results.

Deputy Gannon, who is the party’s Education spokesperson, made his comments after raising the issue with Minister Norma Foley in the Dáil last night.

“While it is welcome the Minister confirmed that a review is to be carried out into how best to increase the availability of examiners for the Junior Cert in the future, it is unacceptable that the 60,000 students who sat their exams in June still have no date for when their results will be available.

“We are now almost midway through October and the Minister can only say that she expects to be given a date by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) next week.

“The ongoing delay has implications for students who are considering participating in the Leaving Cert Applied programme, or those who have left school and need their Junior Cert results to enter the workplace.

“All the uncertainty is continuing to cause great anxiety for students, parents and teachers. The delay in issuing the results calls into question the Government’s commitment to the Junior Cert and the very relevance of the exams.”

October 12, 2022

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