11 A'S AS JUNIOR CERT RESULTS ARRIVE IN TOWN
Months of waiting came to an end for over 55,000 Junior Cert students nationwide this week as the results arrived in the schools, writes Brian Moore. Celebration began early in Mitchelstown on Wednesday morning as students and their parents arrived at the schools in the town.
At the Presentation Secondary School one pupil arrived to find out that she have achieved 11 A’s in the examination. Her fellow students and teachers alike congratulated Elaine O’Connor from Kildorrery who was delighted with her results.
Nationwide more than 20,000 students achieved at least grade A in their results.
The Department of Education said that the results were in line with last year’s and Minister Batt O’Keeffe has asked the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment to look at the possibility of reforming the Junior Certificate exam.
Minister O’Keeffe said he was concerned that there was too much rote learning and not enough emphasis on project work and other methods of learning. The minister said he is encouraged by the numbers sitting science at Junior Certificate level, and he hopes students will continue with science to the Leaving.
Youth and community leaders have congratulated the students and called on them to celebrate sensibly.
Thursday 10th September 8:46pm