In light of what happened for students across the country in 2020, new measures could be introduced for sixth-year students due to sit state exams this summer.
It looks like 2021 will be yet another stressful time for Leaving Cert students. Unlike their 2020 counterparts, this year's students may have to face a different set-up for their final exams of secondary school.
It is understood that talks are currently underway in the Irish Government as they deal with the fallout of schools still remaining shut as we head into spring. It is believed that due to the current study-from-home situation, an alternative approach could be taken.
The Government is believed to be considering the introduction of both written exams and calculated grades for Leaving Cert students this year. However, this is just one potential proposal.
Other avenues being looked at include last year's method of opting for calculated grades. Another would see exams deferred until later in the year. There is also the possibility of an "open-access model" which would give students easier access to third-level education.
It is believed, however, that the Teachers' Union wishes for state exams to go ahead as normal.
Education Minister Norma Foley is said to have assembled an advisory group. This is made up of parents, students, and teachers in order to achieve the best outcome in this stressful situation. No decision has yet been made for Junior Cert students.
According to a number of sources, the Cabinet will make a decision on the matter by next Tuesday, February 9. Until we know the outcome, it's important that we try to keep the spirits up of our Leaving Cert students. This is an uncertain, stressful time for the teenagers.