Significant decrease in top Junior Cert grades

Liam Twomey

Liam Twomey

The old-style "A, B, C" etc grading system is being replaced by one which uses the grades "Distinction, Higher Merit, Merit, Achieved, Partially Achieved and Not Graded".

The number of students who achieved As in Higher-level Irish dropped from 3,500 to around 3,300, but the number of As in higher-level maths rose from 11.7% to 14.1%.

Only four students obtained a grade A or its new equivalent in the Junior Cycle in 12 subjects compared with ten students past year.

This Wednesday marks a big day for just over 1,000 Laois students as they get the results to the Junior Certificate exams.

The ever-popular Junior Cert results celebration disco will take place in the Hub at Cillin Hill later on this evening, hosted by the No Name Club. As students head out this evening to celebrate Junior Certificate results, parents are being reminded to talk to their children about about appropriate celebrations.

The Junior Cert exams ended on June 21.

Alcohol watchdog Drinkaware has warned students the earlier they begin drinking, the more of an affect it will have on their mental health. It marks the transition into study for further education at third level, and greater autonomy in their subject choice and knowledge specialisation.

"I would like to wish all students receiving their results this morning the very best of luck".