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.