Minister for Education Norma Foley has sent her best wishes to the 2,569 Leaving Certificate and 60 Junior Cycle candidates who have registered to sit these examinations.
The first examinations begin today and conclude on Friday, December 11 for the Leaving Certificate, with the Leaving Certificate Applied examinations finishing on Saturday, November 28.
Examinations at Junior Cycle conclude on Monday, November 30.
Minister Foley said: “I would like to wish all the very best to each candidate sitting these examinations over the coming weeks.
“This has been an unprecedented year and I would like to acknowledge the dedication shown by all of you during this challenging period.
“I know that this has been a long and arduous process for you and I hope that these exams go as well as you hope and are the culmination of all your extraordinary efforts.”
“Thank you also to the principals, boards of management and school teams that are accommodating the running of these examinations. The effort of everyone to make sure that those sitting these examinations in these circumstances do so in a normal examination environment, in line with public health advice, is appreciated greatly.
Education Officer for the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union, Alicia O’Sullivan, also wished them well.
“I want to wish every student who is sitting the Leaving Certificate, starting today, the very best of luck. It takes courage, strength and bravery to do what these students are doing. We hope that by sitting these exams they get to where they want to go in life and can move on fully from what has been a difficult experience for any young person.”