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State exams begin for 13,650 Cork students

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 11:05am

Let the hand cramps begin as more than 13,000 Cork students began their Leaving and Junior Cert exams with English this morning. The only suprise is that the sun is not splitting stones in Cork this morning as the exams kick off!

It was a 9.30am start for the 6,280 Leaving Certificate, 251 Leaving Certificate Applied and 7,119 Junior Certificate students as they took started the first of their state exams. 

The Civic, Social & Political Education exam will take place this afternoon for Junior Cert students while it’s Home Economics for the Leaving Cert pupils. 

Pat Burke, Chairman of the State Examinations Commission (SEC), and his fellow commissioners extend their very best wishes on behalf of the SEC to all sitting the state examinations in 2018. 

He said: "The state examinations are a milestone for students, their families and schools. The reassurance of families and the wider community is an essential support for students sitting examinations. For its part, the Commission will continue its work in ensuring that the examinations meet the highest standards of fairness and transparency.

"The Board and staff of the State Examinations Commission are very aware of the effort which students, their families and schools have invested in the forthcoming examinations and extend their best wishes to all."

Over four million examination papers have been securely distributed to the examination superintendents involved in supervising the written examinations. The examinations are being held in some 5,223 examination centres across the country over the course of the examination period. 

They will run until Wednesday 20 June for Junior Certificate subjects and Friday 22 June for Leaving Certificate subjects. The written examinations in the Leaving Certificate Applied programme finish on Thursday 14 June.

The results of the Leaving Certificate examinations will be available on Wednesday 15 August 2018 while the results of the Junior Certificatewill be available in mid-September.

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