Some 1,030 students are due to begin their Leaving Certificate examinations in Kilkenny this morning (Wednesday), nearly the same number as last year, while 1,072 students are due to sit their Junior Certificate exams in the county.
In Kilkenny there are 489 girls and 541 boys due to sit the Leaving Cert in Kilkenny, according to the State Examination Commission, compared with last year’s figure of 514 girls and 514 boys, a total of 1,028.
There are also 42 students due to sit the Leaving Cert Applied exams in Kilkenny, an increase over last year’s 29 students.
Nationally, however, the numbers sitting the Leaving Cert is down from 55,550 students last year to 53,789 this year.
The number of students sitting the Junior Cert exams is up nationally – 59,684 expected to take the exams this year, compared with this year’s figure of 57,732 – and in Kilkenny the number has also risen slightly, from 1,020 last year up to 1,072 this year.
The Leaving Certificate exams continue until June 22 and the Junior Certificate until June 21. The Leaving Cert results will then be available on August 15, with the Junior Cert results following in mid-September.