13 September, 2017
Figures from the State Examinations Commission show that 1,920 secondary school students sat State exams in Laois last June.
English is the first subject to have undergone a reform in teaching, learning, assessment and grading. With the exception of Mathematics, which saw an increase of 2.4 per cent in the number of As awarded at higher level to 14.1 per cent, most other subjects recorded a fall in the number of top marks awarded.
As more than 61,000 pupils around the country celebrate their Junior Cert results tonight, the group's chief medical officer Dr Liam Twomey said "parents need to talk honestly" with their children. Students in English will receive grades such as Distinction, Higher Merit and Merit as opposed to A, B, C grades.
Local TD and Sinn Féin spokesperson for Education Kathleen Funchion has wished those receiving their Junior Cert results today the best of luck for their future. Family members, in particular parents, are the single strongest influence on young people's attitudes towards alcohol.
Results will be eagerly awaited on Wednesday morning, September 12 at schools in Portlaoise, Portarlington, Mountmellick, Ballinakill, Mountrath, Clonaslee, Rathdowney and Knockbeg.