Ministers Bruton, Mitchell O’Connor and Halligan Congratulate Students Receiving their Leaving Certificate Results
Minister Richard Bruton speaking at the launch of the National Parents Council Post Primary Helpline in Croke Park
The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, together with Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister of State John Halligan, congratulated the 57,149 students who received their Leaving Certificate examination results for 2018.
Minister Bruton said:
Students receiving your results today, I want you to know that there are more opportunities now than ever before, to help you achieve your ambitions in life. There are a number of pathways to further your education, whether you choose third level, a post leaving certificate course, or the apprenticeship and traineeship routes.
Minister Mitchell O’Connor said:
The Leaving Certificate is of course associated with young people completing a vital phase of their lives. With my previous experience as a teacher and school principal I fully appreciate the tremendous dedication and courage all students have shown in completing their Leaving Certificate, and particularly those who have returned to education.
Minister Halligan said:
The Department of Education and Skills continues to work to open up new avenues of learning to assist students in building on the skills and knowledge they have developed throughout their Senior Cycle.
This year, 57,149 students sat the Leaving Certificate this year; of these, 54,440 sat the Established Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Vocational Programme and 2,709 sat the Leaving Cert Applied Programme. The 15 subjects with the highest participation rates are unchanged from last year, but with a slight change in the order, due to the increased popularity of Home Economics and German. The list remains topped by Mathematics, English and Irish.
A Leaving Certificate Exam Helpline, run by the National Parents Council post primary, will open on Wednesday 15th August at 10.00 and will provide advice to students and parents regarding the examination results. The Helpline, which receives support from the Department of Education and Skills, can be contacted at 1800 265 165. It will remain open until August 22nd 2018.