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Significant decrease in top Junior Cert grades

13 Septembre 2017

The number of students achieving top marks in the Junior Certificate has fallen this year.

ASTI President Ger Curtin has sent a message of congratulations to all of the students receiving their Junior Certificate results today. Students in English will receive grades such as Distinction, Higher Merit and Merit as opposed to A, B, C grades. Fifty-four received 11 As and 240 got 10.

Only four students obtained a grade A or its new equivalent in the Junior Cycle in 12 subjects compared with ten students a year ago.

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"I think young people are more aware of their diet in general and they know what's in food and drink, whether it's fizzy drinks or alcohol, they're more aware than I was growing up".

He told Independent.ie: "We've been hosting these events for Junior Cert results night for ten or 15 years, all the events for this age group are strictly no-alcohol allowed".

They're being handed out in schools around the country this morning before becoming available online in the afternoon. "The Leaving Cert's Class of 2017 were the first to be graded using a new 1-8 scale, which reduced the pressure of the points race and encouraged more to take up higher-level papers".

Significant decrease in top Junior Cert grades