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Thousands of Limerick students face summer exams as Leaving Certificate is postponed

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The Deparment of Education says the Leaving Cert exams will take place in late July or early August

The Department of Education has outlined alternative plans for this year's Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams amidst the Covid-19 crisis.

Making the announcement this Friday evening, Minister Joe McHugh confirmed the Leaving Cert exams will go ahead this year but have been postponed until late July or early August. 

Meanwhile, the Junior Cert exams will be replaced by junior cycle tests which will be held in classrooms in schools sometime in September. 

Minister McHugh said he was taking the steps to give people "certainty".

He added: "Schools will remain closed until further notice and we will only take the steps to reopen them when the public health advice assures us it is safe to do so."

“Students and their families have been seeking clarity. Today’s announcement addresses that. It also provides them with several weeks’ of advance notice to prepare for the examinations. I hope it helps to alleviate some stress being experienced by students and their families at this time.

The revised timetable for the Leaving Cert exams will be confirmed in June and it is the envisaged that students will return to classrooms "for at least two weeks" prior to the exams taking place.

Practical exams have also been deferred and will also be rescheduled for late July or early August. 

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Leo Vardakar has confirmed the current Covid-19 restrictions are to be extended to Tuesday, May 5.

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