Minister Foley Congratulates Class Of 2020 As Leaving Cert Results Released

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Minister Norma Foley.

MINISTER for Education, Deputy Norma Foley has issued an open letter to students who received their Leaving Certificate results this morning.

Under this year’s calculated grades process, around 60,000 students received results with grades higher than any other year on record. On average grades were 4.4% higher than those of last year.

Minister Foley congratulated students on their hard work, dedication and achievements over their years in second-level education.

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“This is a very different day to what we had anticipatedfor you, and to what you had planned and dreamed for yourselves,” she wrote.

“I do appreciate what an especially difficult time you have had over the past six months, and I want to commend you for the patience, courage and resilience you have shown in that time. As a society we have all had to come to terms with things being very different than how we thought they might be, and your class has been particularly impacted,” she added.

“This has been a challenging time for students, their families and school communities. However, I do believe what has been created is the fairest possible solution given the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves as we journey together through the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Today, with confidence, you can look back with pride on all that you have achieved and look forward with courage to the next exciting phase of your lives.

Due to the public health measures in place, you will not be in a position to celebrate in the same way you might have liked. Equally, I know your generation appreciates and understands the huge role you play in keeping ourcommunity safe. Thank you for playing your part.

I wish you well with your Leaving Certificate results but remind you these results do not define you. You are the sum of all your parts and the next stage of your life journey is about to begin. The future is yours.”

One Comment

  1. Matty O'Leary says:

    There was no Leaving cert in 2020.

    It was a joke the students were lot spaced out more in the school throughout the classrooms and allowed to wear face masks to sit their examinations.
    Extra supervisors could have been hired to achieve this.

    Shame on the Irish education system.

    The one good thing done by Deputy Norma Foley is to open the schools!