There were joyous celebrations across Laois today as Transition Year and fifth year students received their Junior Cert results.
There has been a small increase of 1.5 percent in numbers sitting the exam this year compared to last.
The new English syllabus is two years old, and is the first subject introduced under the new reformed junior cycle programme.
Instead of receiving old marks such as an A, B, or C, student achievement in English know has grades such as ‘Distinction’, ‘Higher Merit’, ‘Merit’ etc.
Later this year students will be issued with a Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement.
Next year students will be examined for the first time in new Science and Business specifications under the reformed junior cycle programme.
New specifications have been introduced on a phased basis for first year students over the past few years. First year students this year have begun studying new faspects in Maths, Home Economics, Music and History.
The introduction of new syllabi for Irish, Modern Languages, and Visual Art also came in last year. These subjects will be examined for the first time in 2020.
More than 62,500 students received Junior Cert results across the country.
A huge thanks to Portlaoise College and Cistercian College Roscrea for sending these photos our way.