New figures show most of this year’s Leaving Cert. cohort want to sit a written exam and take an accredited grade.


Eighty seven per cent of Leaving Cert students have chosen both to sit a written exam and take an accredited grade.

New figures from the State Examinations Commission show STEM subjects had the most popular take-up for both options, with more than eight in ten sitting exams in maths, physics, biology and chemistry.

However only 58 percent opted for both choices in Irish, with fewer than four in ten choosing an accredited grade only.

Guidance Counsellor Betty McLoughlin says the high uptake for both an accredited grade and to sit a written exam shows students have faith in the system:

“I’m delighted to see that they have weighed up all their options and have decided that it’s better off having two options than one.  Certainly it does show confidence in the system and that is good that the students are showing that, and voting with their feet.”

Return to school

Meanwhile all primary and secondary school students have returned to school today.

The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union has released a question and answer session with Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn, focusing on concerns raised by some students about the return to in-person learning.