Junior Certificate Results Delayed Until October

By Seamus Whelehan

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Wednesday 11 September was set to be Junior Certificate results day for over 62,000 students.
This year the State Exams Commission (SEC) have said they will not be in a position to meet the traditional deadline.
It is expected the Exams results will now issue on the 4th of October more than two weeks later than usual.
The state board say the delay is due to changes to the appeal system for leaving cert students who query their results.
The SEC said the delay is required to allow time to respond to appellants, ensuring those who may have their points increased as a result of a review, do not miss out on a college offer.
In a letter issued to secondary schools accompanying the state exam time tables the SEC said “as a result of the need to prioritise activities associated with the leaving certificate appeals, the results of the 2019 Junior Cycle examinations are due for issue to schools in late September.”
The commission said its priority was to meet the deadline on 20 September it had set for Leaving Cert appeals.
Traditionally the state exam commission would release the results of an appeal in mid-October when third level courses would have already commenced.
Sinn Fein spokesperson on Mental Health, Deputy Pat Buckley said “it is totally inappropriate to put extra pressure on young students and their parents. With the number of leaving cert appeals this year a balance needs to be found. In the modern age of technology there is surely a way of speeding up the marking process.”
Deputy Buckley said the department of education should have had a contingency plan in place following last year’s landmark High Court action taken by Rebecca Carter over the SEC’s handling of errors.
He said “it represents a total lack of forward planning” The Sinn Fein Deputy for Cork East said “it was glaringly obvious more students would possibly contest their results, which should have been planned for in advance.”

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