All students to be offered the option of accepting Calculated Grades or sitting Leaving Certificate written examinations at a later date The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Friday 8 May 2020) announced the postponement of the 2020 Leaving Certificate.
Following a decision at Cabinet, all students are to be offered the option of receiving Calculated Grades for the subjects they are studying and the alternative of sitting the 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations at a date in the future when it is considered safe to hold the examinations.
The decision has been taken following an assessment of public health advice and other information and the implications for holding the exams from the previously rescheduled date of Wednesday 29 July 2020.
Minister McHugh said: “I have made every effort to run the 2020 Leaving Certificate as close as possible to the way the examinations were originally intended to be held.
“My desire had been to allow students to undertake the written and practical examinations in July and August but I have compelling evidence, based on medical advice and other assessments, that the Leaving Certificate examinations cannot be held in a reliable and valid manner, nor in a way that would be equitable for students.”
Minister McHugh said: “The reality of the impact of Covid-19 has led to a decision that has never happened in our country before. I fully appreciate the magnitude of this issue, for the students and their families, for the teachers and for school principals.
“This decision is taken with the best interests of students at heart. I have a responsibility to find a fair way to address the disadvantage that some students are facing and the impact a lack of time in school has had in recent weeks.
“The system being put in place will allow a young person to progress to the next stage of their life in a timely fashion.
“The fairest and most equitable way to do that in the current circumstances is to offer students the option of Calculated Grades for the 2020 Leaving Certificate but also to guarantee them the right to sit the examinations at a later stage when it is safe to hold them in the normal way.
“The decision has to be taken now to remove the anxiety that many students have been experiencing over how the exams would look later in the summer.”
Minister McHugh thanked the advisory group of stakeholders for their input in recent weeks in relation to the holding of the examinations.
The following is a breakdown of the process to be applied for students to be given the option of Calculated Grades or to sit the examinations.
The 2020-21 CBC School Journal Cover Design Competition is now up and running. This competition is open to all CBC students who now have the opportunity to design the cover of this year’s School Journal. The pandemic is a challenging time for everyone but every cloud has a silver lining! One of the positives of the lockdown is that it has given us all a time-out, time to look at things differently, to re-evaluate, reflect and reframe our perspectives. Why not express some of what you have been feeling since we've been in lockdown. What have you been missing? Your friends, the outdoors, maybe even your teachers! What have you found difficult to manage? What have you learned about yourself? How has being a CBC student helped you through this? Use these feelings and incorporate them into your design. All entries this year by e-mail. If your entry is a hand-drawn/painted picture, take a photo and e-mail it. We will request the winning entry only by post. All entries by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date is 5pm on Tuesday May 12th!
Leaving Certificate Fees: The closing date for the payment of the Leaving Certificate examination fee is being extended until after the exams are complete and the results are issued.
Junior Certificate/Cycle Fees : Students will not be required to pay an examination fee to the State Examinations Commission in relation to the 2020 Junior Cycle examinations - the SEC will be issuing a refund to all students who have already paid. There is no need to contact the State Examinations Commission as refunds will be made automatically. Further details will be sent to all schools in the coming days.
RTE News item that featured two of our students who organised a Guard of Honour for their brave grand-mother who overcame the Coronavirus after 6 weeks in hospital in Loughlinstown. The students, who are brothers from CBC, are Eoghan (2nd yr) & Ruaidhri (5th yr) O'Hanlon who was interviewed. Well done lads and we are delighted that your grand-mother is doing well!
The following option blocks have been created based on the preferences of our current Transition Year students.
Students will study one subject from each of the three options blocks.
We wish all students the very best in their chosen subjects.
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The Department of Education has confirmed that there will be no state certified Junior Certificate exams this year.
It has confirmed that while Junior Certificate papers prepared by the State Examinations Commission will be sent to schools for use in school based exams in the Autumn - completed exam papers will not then be used for any form of state certification.
The marking scheme devised by the SEC for the Junior Certificate papers will also be made available to schools, however schools themselves are free to decide how the papers might be marked, and by whom.
Read more on RTE here