Thousands of students across Northern Ireland have received the results of GCSE exams taken with Northern Ireland’s exam board CCEA.
The full performance picture for local students will not be known until tomorrow when the results from exam bodies in England and Wales are released publicly.
This means that many students will only know all of their results just days before most schools re-open next Tuesday.
This is very late for decisions to be taken on courses to study or for pupils to find out that they may not have achieved the grades needed to study A-levels.
Results days for GCSE students have been moved forward next year after school principals said the situation this year would put extra pressure on organising their new intakes.
Last year the percentage of GCSE entries in Northern Ireland achieving A*-C grades increased by 2.1% to 74.5%.