Leaving Cert results date confirmed

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has said it intends to issue the 2022 Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied examination results to candidates on Friday, September 2.

In a statement this morning, the SEC confirmed the planned results date.

It said details of the arrangements for the 2022 certificate examinations were announced on February 1 and since then it had been " engaged in the planning and delivery of all aspects of the examinations across Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied and Junior Cycle".

"This has been a significant undertaking in the current year in light of the ongoing effects of Covid-19 on schools; candidates; contract staff and the staff of the SEC.

"Some 131,000 candidates are undertaking examinations this year, an increase of 6% (+7,000) compared to the last time a full set of examinations was run in 2019.

"There are a number of significant factors which have made providing a date for the issue of the Leaving Certificate results challenging.

"The SEC has an absolute responsibility to examination candidates to ensure that their work is marked to the highest standards of quality and integrity and the Commission must be able to stand over the results it issues each year.

"Results will issue to candidates through the Candidate Self Service Portal available at www.examinations.ie and on www.gov.ie/leavingcertificate.

The SEC said it will issue a direct communication to candidates by email about the planned date for issue of the Leaving Certificate results.

The SEC said a number of factors had to be considered in planning the results date, including the provision of a deferred sitting of the examination for candidates who experience close family bereavement or who are unable to sit their examinations due to serious accident, injury or illness; or on public health grounds due to Covid-19.

It also had to give effect to the Minister’s commitment that the overall set of results in 2022 will be no lower, in the aggregate, than the 2021 results and it needed to address the impact of what it said were "shortages in the numbers of teachers" to mark written examinations.

It added that while marking has already started, it is continuing to recruit examiners and noted that Covid-19 is also having an impact in this regard.