Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Department of Education and Skills

State Examinations

Photo of Aodhán Ó RíordáinAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour)
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558. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the State certificates promised to students whose junior certificate exams were cancelled in 2020 will be issued; the reason for the two-year delay in issuing them; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32100/22]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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My predecessor as Minister for Education announced revised arrangements for the Junior Cycle 2020 on 29 April 2020.

Under these revised arrangements and in light of the exceptional circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, schools were asked as soon as possible after the end of the 2019/20 school year, to furnish students with a written school report on their learning achievements in each subject, short course and/or priority learning unit as appropriate.

The work and achievement of students who were in third year of Junior Cycle in the academic year 2019/20 would also be recognised with a State Certificate of Completion from my Department.

As such, there were two components to assessment and reporting on students’ learning at Junior Cycle 2020, with each student to receive a school report setting out the learning achievements of students at Junior Cycle along with the State Certificate of Completion of Junior Cycle from my Department.

Regarding the latter, Certificates of Completion were issued to schools for all Junior Cycle third year students for the year 2020 on Thursday 13th May 2021. Schools were asked to check, download and distribute the certificates to their own students. The deadline for schools to make changes was 21st June 2021 and the deadline for schools to download the certificates was 24th June 2021.


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