The State Examinations Commission (SEC), intends to issue the 2022 Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied examination results to candidates on Friday 2 September.
Details of the arrangements for the 2022 certificate examinations were announced on 1 February 2022. Since that time, the SEC has been engaged in the planning and delivery of all aspects of the examinations across Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied and Junior Cycle. This has been a significant undertaking in the current year in light of the ongoing effects of Covid-19 on schools; candidates; contract staff and the staff of the SEC.
Some 131,000 candidates are undertaking examinations this year, an increase of 6% (+7,000) compared to the last time a full set of examinations was run in 2019.
There are a number of significant factors which have made providing a date for the issue of the Leaving Certificate results challenging.
The SEC has an absolute responsibility to examination candidates to ensure that their work is marked to the highest standards of quality and integrity and the Commission must be able to stand over the results it issues each year.
Results will results to candidates through the Candidate Self Service Portal available at www.examinations.ie and on www.gov.ie/leavingcertificate. The SEC will issue a direct communication to candidates by email about the planned date for issue of the Leaving Certificate results.
In line with normal practice, Friday 2 September is the intended date to issue the final set of results. This date has been determined having regard to a number of significant factors, including–
· The provision of a deferred sitting of the examination for candidates who experience close family bereavement or who are unable to sit their examinations due to serious accident, injury or illness; or on public health grounds due to Covid-19.
· Giving effect to the Minister’s commitment that the overall set of results in 2022 will be no lower, in the aggregate, than the 2021 results.
· Addressing the impact of shortages in the numbers of teachers required to fill examiner positions to mark the written examinations. While marking has already started, the SEC is continuing to recruit examiners noting that Covid-19 is also having an impact.
In advance of the issue of the results, sufficient time must be allowed for an extensive range of checks and quality assurance procedures which are required in the resulting process to ensure that the highest standards possible are maintained.
The intended issue date is in line with the date on which candidates received their Leaving Certificate results in 2021 (Friday 3 September 2021).
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