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21 May 2022

Extensive changes confirmed for the Leaving Certificate

Junior Cert exams return this year

Minister Norma Foley

Education Minister Norma Foley has confirmed extensive changes to the Leaving Cert state examinations for 2022 – but we will not know the full details until next week.

The minister announced that the overall set of results in 2022 will be no lower than in 2021, ensuring that the class of 2022 will not be disadvantaged. The Junior Certificate is also back, examinations will run in June as normal for the first time since 2019.

These changes will take into account the disruption to teaching and learning experienced by the Leaving Certificate class of 2022, she said in a statement this lunchtime.

The Minister attended a meeting of the advisory group on state examinations this morning and advised of these changes.

The full details of the extensive changes made to the examinations will be published next week.

The changes to the exam will build on the changes already made to the paper and notified to students last August. These combined changes mean that students need not be concerned that they will be disadvantaged compared to their peers. 

Adjustments to the assessment arrangements for Junior Cycle have been made and advised in August 2021, including a reduction in the number of Classroom Based Assessments to be completed, the removal of the requirement to complete Assessment Tasks and adjustments to the requirements in coursework and practical performance tests.

According to the minister, these adjustments provide for more teaching time in schools.

The timetable for the written Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle examinations in June will be published by the State Examinations Commission in the coming days.

The arrangements for Leaving Certificate Oral Examinations in Irish and the Modern Foreign Languages and the practical performance tests in Leaving Certificate Music are as advised late last year.

These examinations will take place outside of school time over the first week of the school Easter holidays, with the examinations running in schools during the six-day period Saturday 9 April to Thursday 14 April inclusive.

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