More than 7,200 students in Galway have commenced their Junior and Leaving Cert exams this morning.
There are some 3,463 students in Galway sitting the regular Leaving Cert this year, with a further 103 taking the Leaving Cert Applied.
A few years below them, another 3,709 young people have begun their Junior Cert exams in Galway today.
Minister for Education Norma Foley offered her best wishes to all the students taking their exams this year.
“You have worked tirelessly and diligently, even through the unique challenges of the last two years.”
“That perseverance has brought you here, the hard work is done and will stand to you in the coming days and weeks.”
This is the first year back to fully externally delivered exams since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Mr Pat Burke, Chairperson of the State Examinations Commission, said “The state examinations are a significant step in their
educational journey for candidates, their families and schools.”
“The adjustments made to the examinations this year have been designed to support students in their preparations.”
“However, the support of families and the wider community for candidates sitting examinations is so important especially in light of the disruption to learning created by the pandemic.”
Minister Foley also reminded students if the June 30 deferred exams available for students who contract COVID.