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Grade changes on today's Junior Cert results

Wednesday, 13th September, 2017 10:23am

Up to 7,000 teenagers will be breathing a sigh of relief this morning as the Junior Cert results are released. 

A little over 11 per cent of those sitting the Junior Certificate this year were from Cork, with 6,923 students taking the exam.

A total of 3,515 male students and 3,408 will receive their results today, part of a total number of 61,654 nationally. 

It's an increase of 2.3 percent on 2016 and including 603 re-entrants to education.

Cork had the second highest number of candidates with Dublin the highest at 15,337.

Leitrim had the lowest with 480, split almost perfectly – 242 female students and 238 males.

The biggest change this year is that students will receive their results for English in a new grade format.

Instead of the traditional A, B, C, D and so on, candidates were marked based on an assessment task during the year as well as the final examination.

Those receiving a score from 90-100 were awarded a distinction, with higher merit from 75-89 and merit from 55-74. Results from 40-54 were said to have achieved and those from 20-39 were classed as having partially achieved. Results below 20 were not graded.

Both the new grade format for English and the old grade format for all other subjects will appear on the statements of provisional examination results issued by the SEC. This dual presentation will continue until 2021 when the last of the Junior Certificate examinations are terminated.

Meanwhile, the HSE is urging parents to take steps to ensure teenagers have a safe night out and to be aware of the risks of underage drinking tonight. 

The HSE said that alcohol should play no part in Junior Cert celebrations, and parents can support young people to enjoy their success by organising a celebration at home or elsewhere, or to go to age-appropriate events where alcohol will not be an option.

Parents can find more information by visiting AskAboutAlcohol.ie, which offers a resource and support for parents, with information, advice and the full facts to help your child stay safe and be smart around alcohol. 

If you think your child is drinking, AskAboutAlcohol.ie provides advice and information to parents and a guide for setting rules around alcohol.

Parents can also contact the HSE Alcohol Helpline on 1800-459459  if they have a question or worry in relation to their child and alcohol.

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