Leaving and Junior Cert students are expected to learn the fate of their exams today following key government meetings.
Minister for Education Joe McHugh is due to give clarity on whether the exams will take place in June or be postponed.
A decision will depend on recommendations from the National Public Health Emergency Team, which will meet this Good Friday. The team will also consider the extension of all current lockdown measures.
Last week, students were asked to continue studying as the Taoiseach said the Leaving and Junior Cert exams will take place in June.
Meanwhile, Minister McHugh has been meeting with the State Examination Commission to develop contingency plans in the event that exams have to be cancelled or rescheduled.
The Minister has also said that he would prefer that students would get at least two weeks’ class time in school before they have to sit any exams. However, a spokesperson said all decisions will be based on public health advice and what happens in relation to current restrictions.