Over 3,000 students across Galway City and County will receive their Junior Certificate results today.
3,109 Galway students sat the exams over two weeks in June, with slightly more boys than girls sitting. 1,515 girls took the Junior Certificate in Galway, while 1,594 boys sat the exams.
Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Ruairí Quinn, TD has offered his congratulations to the 58,798 students across the country who received their results. Mr Quinn said he was particularly pleased at the increase in students taking higher level Maths, with 48 per cent of students sitting the exam.
“I want to send my very best wishes to all students who are receiving their Junior Cert exams results today. The wait between June and now has no doubt been long for you and your families, but I hope that the results today reflect the hard work you have put into your studies,” said Minister Quinn.
“I am particularly pleased to see that more young people are sitting higher level Maths. This increase has occurred even without the ‘carrot’ of bonus points for Maths, whose introduction this year at Leaving Cert level saw a large leap in the numbers opting for the higher level paper. I hope this is an indication of where we are going with Maths,” he added.
Of the 27,913students who took higher level Maths, 15 per cent achieved an A grade, a drop of over two per cent on last year’s figures. However, the number of students who failed the exam dropped from 3.6 per cent to 2.8 per cent.
The percentage of students who failed higher level Irish increased this year, with 2.3 per cent failing, compared to 1.6 per cent last year.
Ahead of today’s results, Drinkaware.ie and the National Parents’ Council have urged parents, on-trade and off-trade licensees to be vigilant when it comes to underage drinking.
According to the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD), 37 per cent of Irish 16-year olds say they purchased alcohol in a pub or disco, in the previous 30 days, while 26 per cent had purchased alcohol in a shop or off-licence in the previous 30 days.
Ms Jackie O’ Callaghan of the National Parents’ Council is encouraging parents to be involved in their child’s celebrations and to know where and with whom they are going.
“Parents and young people need to communicate with each other about results night and any plans they are making,” said Ms O’Callaghan.