More than 600 Roscommon students will receive their Junior Cert results today. Nationwide a total of 67,130 students sat the exam.
According to the State Examinations Commission, 633 Roscommon students sat the exam in the summer, equating to 324 females and 309 males. Any candidate unable to attend school can access their results online on www.examinations.ie from 4 pm today.
“This year marks a welcome return to externally delivered Junior Cycle examinations for all candidates and the first year in which all examinations are being delivered under the reformed Junior Cycle curriculum,” the Commission said.
“In November 2020 and 2021, Junior Cycle examinations were held for adult learners and early school leavers only, with examinations cancelled for all other candidates and replaced by school-based assessment. Until 2019, only English, Science, and Business Studies had been examined under the reformed Junior Cycle curriculum. Apart from Irish, English, and Mathematics which are examined at Higher and Ordinary level, all other Junior Cycle subjects are now at Common level.”
The delay in issuing the junior cert results has been criticised by many. However, the SEC said that despite extensive and ongoing efforts, and the support of all of the education stakeholders, the number of examiners fell short of the numbers required for the 2022 examinations.
“A range of interventions was needed to complete the marking of most subjects during the summer which included marking well beyond the normal marking window and examiners agreeing to take on additional scripts,” the commission said. “However, it was not possible to complete the marking and a further contingency arrangement was necessary in some subjects to complete the marking in recent weeks. The SEC is extremely grateful for the cooperation it receives from thousands of teachers each year to undertake the critical work of marking the examinations. We are especially grateful to those who have recently supported us in completing the Junior Cycle marking noting that many of these teachers were back in school and gave up their evenings and weekends to this work.”