More than 2000 local students pick up their Junior Cert results today

Liam Twomey

Liam Twomey

The Minister for Education Richard Bruton congratulated all those who received their results. The subject is the first to be tested in the new Junior Cycle programme which will be phased in over the next four years.

He observed: "Today marks the completion of your junior cycle and it is a proud moment for yourselves, your parents and your teachers".

"The students appreciate the hard work from the teachers and they were quite anxious opening the results this morning, but the six lads are over the moon today", he added. Students in English will receive grades such as Distinction, Higher Merit and Merit as opposed to A, B, C grades.

Locally, 1,144 Kilkenny students will be picking up their results today - 579 of whom are female, and 565 who are male.

This year will also mark the first year that students will be awarded a Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA), arising from the new Framework.

Both the assessment and grading systems for the subject have changed as a result. As students head out this evening to celebrate Junior Certificate results, parents are being reminded to talk to their children about about appropriate celebrations.

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