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State exams to go ahead ‘by hook or by crook’

Plans are being drawn up to ensure both the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate exams will go ahead this year, the Taoiseach has said.

Speaking following a meeting of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Covid-19, Leo Varadkar said Minister for Education Joe McHugh and the State Examinations Commission are drawing up options to allow the State exams to be held.

Mr Varadkar said there are a “number of options” and Minister McHugh is working to ensure that “by hook or by crook” the exams take place.

He said the Government did not want people who are hoping to enter third level education later this year “to lose a year … or half a year” of their lives.

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Shakespeare for Leaving an Junior Cert students on RTE

RTÉ announces screening of Shakespeare Leaving and Junior Cert Classics.


RTÉ has announced that a series of classic productions of William Shakespeare’s plays, aimed at Leaving and Junior Certificate students, will broadcast on RTÉ2 over the coming weeks.

With Leaving and Junior Certificate students learning from a distance, the opportunity to attend a live production of Shakespeare’s works has now been put on hold. All cycles* and levels are accommodated as Shakespeare is mandatory for Higher Level students but is optional for those studying at Ordinary level.

The productions, which will air weekend mornings on RTÉ2 beginning with the current 2020 curriculum for Leaving Certificate students, include Hamlet starring David Tennant and The Tempest with Andrew Sachs. King Lear which is on the curriculum for 2021 will broadcast the following week.

Junior Certificate texts for both 2020 and 2021 include A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring Matt Lucas, As You Like It with Helen Mirren, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet with a young Alan Rickman.

All productions will be available on RTÉ Player for 30 days post-broadcast.


*cycles being Leaving and Junior Certificate 2020 and Leaving and Junior Certificate 2021.

Shakespeare On RTÉ

Shakespeare – Hamlet 11/04/20 RTÉ2, 11.25am

Shakespeare – The Tempest 12/04/20 RTÉ2, 10.50am

Shakespeare – King Lear 18/04/20 RTÉ2, 10.35am

Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 19/04/20 RTÉ2, 10.35am

Shakespeare – As You Like It – 25/04/20 RTÉ2, 9.45 am

Shakespeare – Much Ado About Nothing – 26/04/20 RTÉ2, 10.10am

Shakespeare – Julius Ceasar – 02/05/20 RTÉ2, 10.20am

Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet – 03/05/20 RTÉ2, Time TBC

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