The wait is over for more than 2,300 teenagers in Donegal who will receive their Junior Certificate results today.
Exam results will be given out in schools across the county this Friday, three weeks later than originally anticipated.
The results were due to be out in mid-September, but delays with the State Examinations Commission over the Leaving Certificate Appeals timeframe has impacted the date this year.
It will be a day of celebrations in schools all over Donegal, and schools are invited to send their photos into Donegal Daily by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Minister for Education Joe McHugh has congratulated the 64,330 students who took Junior Cycle examinations across Ireland in 2019.
Minister McHugh said: “Congratulations to everyone on your achievements in Junior Cycle and best of luck.
“These last few years in school will have given you a solid foundation for your future studies. And it should be remembered that results day is just one day of many in your continuing education.
“I would like to thank all the teachers, principals, school staff, the mothers and fathers and guardians who have been a steady hand as young people prepared for their exams.”
Minister McHugh also highlighted the benefits the Junior Cycle is bringing to education.
“The approach in the Junior Cycle is more engaging for young people and sets the ground for more creativity and critical thinking. It is nurturing minds and making sure young people are better equipped for deeper learning.
“New specifications for Science and Business Studies were examined for the first time in 2019.
“Next year, students doing Irish, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Visual Art will be examined on the new specifications for these subjects for the first time.
“The Junior Cycle puts the student at the centre of the learning process. There is a greater emphasis on project work, group-based learning and achievements in areas other than academic results.”
Meanwhile, gardaí are urging parents to talk to their children about safety, alcohol and drugs ahead of Junior Cert results discos.
They had this advice for parents: “Please ensure that you know who your child will be attending the disco with, what their travel arrangements are and how much money they will be taking with them.
“If they only have an essential amount of money with them for travel, club entry and a bite to eat/soft drinks then the hope is that they won’t be in a position to give in to the temptations that are out there.
“Please have an honest chat with your child about alcohol and drugs and establish a genuine trust where these issues are concerned. Ensure that their phone is charged and has credit on it.”