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Statement from Minister Joe McHugh Regarding the Oral and Practical Exams

Full statement from Minister Joe Mc Hugh on the Junior Certificate & Leaving Certificate Practicals and Orals is given in the link below.


A summary of the announcements include:

  • Practicals in Junior Cert Music and Home Economics won’t go ahead and students will be awarded full marks.
  • Oral tests in Leaving Certificate Irish and the Modern Languages of French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese won’t go ahead and students will be awarded full marks.
  • Deadlines for coursework are extended to the 15th of May. Eg: history, geography etc 

This will allow our Junior and Leaving Cert students more time to study and focus on the written element of the exams. 


We will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops.

“All of Government is hugely grateful for the effort, commitment and energy that students and teachers are putting in to continue education in difficult circumstances. I urge you all to keep up the momentum and focus on preparing for the exams."

Please click here for full statement