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Anxious pupils await exam results

Nearly 57,000 anxious teenagers are set to open their Junior Certificate results.

Among the results, 15 high achievers will find out they got 12 As, 115 secured 11 As and 269 were awarded 10 As.

Another 379 got nine As, 509 managed to secure eight As and 573 were awarded seven As.

More than half a million individual grades in 26 different subjects have been delivered to secondary schools nationwide.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn welcomed the increase in students taking higher level maths and science. "Today's results are the culmination of many hours of hard work by all the students, their parents and teachers and they all should be very proud of what has been achieved," he said.

The nervous students include 1,070 candidates who re-entered education through various educational support schemes, including the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme and Back to Education Initiative.

The junior cert is to undergo radical reform by 2015 with written exams to make up just 50% of marks. The focus would be on students taking eight subjects, rather than the more common list of 12, and aim to build a portfolio of coursework.

Richard Langford, chairman of the State Examinations Commission (SEC), sent his congratulations to all of the students, their parents and teachers. He revealed the overall numbers sitting the exam rose by 1.5% on last year, while the proportion of candidates who are re-entrants to education fell marginally to 1.9%.

Mr Langford said he hopes the 27,678 girls and 29,252 boys will continue with their studies and that the Junior Certificate outcomes will assist them in making informed future choices.

Results can accessed on-line www.examinations.ie.

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