Of 57,839 people who find out their grades today, 15,596 completed the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, in which they can substitute grades awarded in the practical Links Modules programme for a sixth subject when calculating their Central Applications Office (CAO) points. The proportion getting a distinction or merit grade in the Links Modules is up slightly to 59%.
A further 3,358 students find out today how they fared in the Leaving Certificate Applied, with grades based on credits built up during fifth and sixth year and a small number of exams in June.
Almost 72% have got a distinction or merit, up from 69% a year ago.
The 3,737 people who took exams in centres outside of mainstream schools are more than 600 fewer than last year, but students repeating one or more subjects are up by more than 600 on 2009 to 2,823.
State Examinations Commission (SEC) chairman Richard Langford said the results can be a gateway for young people to further and higher education or training.
Education Minister Mary Coughlan said a report to her from the SEC cited human error in the omission of centre pages in the Leaving Certificate higher level accounting paper at 16 Dublin schools, which meant that 207 students were missing four of the nine pages for the early stages of the exam. The report said there was no evidence of any negative impact for students, but they can avail of the normal appeals process.
Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland president Jack Keane said students should keep a level head and take their time to explore their options carefully over the coming days and weeks before making choices about their futures.
As students prepare to celebrate tonight, TV and radio personalities backed a Road Safety Authority campaign urging them to stay safe on the roads.
“This is an exciting time, so please don’t make a bad decision tonight that could turn a time of celebration into tragedy,” said TV3 news anchor Colette Fitzpatrick.
The SEC offers a service to allow students check their results online or by phone from midday, once students have their exam number and a personal identification number: examinations.ie, call 1530 719 290 or, from overseas, 00 353 1 6885312.
Advice is also available from the Cork Youth Information Centre from 9.30am to 5.30pm on 021 4270187.