A secondary school in Kilkenny has announced its Junior Cert students will be assessed through internal exams at the end of the current school year.

The Department of Education had said the June exams were being cancelled with school-based tests and assessments to be held early in the new school year.

However, Presentation Secondary School Kilkenny says its Junior Cert students shouldn’t be put under pressure over the summer months by preparing for exams. Its 140 pupils will take online exams in May, which will make up their final grade along with an average of their exams and project work to date.

Elsewhere today, the Department of Education has announced it is creating a €10 million fund to help schools buy IT equipment to help students learn at home during the COVID-19 crisis.

7 million euro will be provided to secondary schools, while €3 million euro will be allocated to the primary sector.

The funds will be used to purchase devices such as laptops, which will be loaned out to students who don’t have access to the technology at home.

Schools are being asked to prioritise exam classes, and then to look at where else access to technology is most needed.