"Huge Relief" For Students As Decision Made On Leaving Cert

Senior ministers will meet this evening to discuss the re-opening of schools.

Some students won't return to classrooms until April under the government's plan for re-opening. 

Senior ministers will meet this evening to discuss the re-opening of schools on a phased basis from March 1st.

Leaving Cert students will return in less than two weeks alongside junior and senior infants. 

Special schools are also likely to return to full capacity from March 1st. 

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says everything else will be on a phased basis:

The president of the Irish Second-Level Students' Union says the decision regarding the state exams has brought huge relief.

Mountrath's Reuban Murray says they're glad to see the Education Minister has listened to and recognised their concerns:

Guidance Counsellor at Coláiste Mhuire in Mullingar, Betty McLaughlin is welcoming the certainty over the oral exams in particular:

General Secretary of the Teachers' Union of Ireland, Tullamore's Michael Gillespie is rejecting claims teachers reputations have been damaged by the delay in reaching agreement on the Leaving Cert, and says this is the only country offering a choice for final exams:

The Leaving Cert exams will get underway on Wednesday June 9th.

English paper one is the first exam to take place and will be held at 9:30 that morning.

Physical Education will be the last subject to be examined on Tuesday June 29th.

No additional time has been allocated for students to complete their tests according to the timetable published by the State Exams Commission.

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