This morning, after weeks of waiting, over 1,000 young people in Kilkenny will receive their Leaving Certificate results.
A total of 90 curricular subjects were tested this year across the country this year. For the second year running, bonus points for Leaving Cert Maths saw a surge in numbers opting for the higher level paper.
For many students, today’s results will determine their next move in terms of third-level education or possible careers. First round offers from the CAO will be sent out in the coming days, and the time can be a stressful one for students, as well as their parents and teachers.
As in previous years, an exam helpline has been established by the National Parents Council post-primary to offer information and guidance. The helpline is open from 8am this morning (Wednesday) to take calls from students, parents and teachers looking for advice and information on the choices available to students.
The helpline received over 4,000 calls last year, demonstrating the real demand for the service, helping students make informed decisions about the choices they face and their future career paths. Staffed by members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, the helpline is sponsored by eircom and the Irish Independent, and supported by the Department of Education and Skills.
All queries on third-level courses, the points system, rechecks, repeats, CAO procedures, apprenticeships and further training options will be dealt with in professional and confidential manner.
“The National Parents Council post primary is very pleased to once again provide the Leaving Certificate Helpline 2013,” said Jackie O’ Callaghan, helpline co-ordinator.
“The helpline has in the past been a great source of accurate and up to date information and is one of the many important services we at NPCpp provide. In association with, and without whom, we would find it extremely difficult to provide such a service, eircom and the Irish Independent as well as the DES, the Helpline runs for a duration of six days in total.
Those seeking advice, information or reassurance can contact the helpline on 1800 265 165. It will be open August 14, 15 and 16to answer exam result queries, and again on August 19, 20 and 21 for queries regarding the CAO first-round offers.