In a message to students, the ASTI President said: "Regardless of individual grades, today you have in your hand your first State Exam Certificate".
The number of students achieving top marks in the Junior Certificate has fallen this year. The old-style "A, B, C" etc grading system is being replaced by one which uses the grades "Distinction, Higher Merit, Merit, Achieved, Partially Achieved and Not Graded". Fifty-four received 11 As and 240 got 10.
The HSE have also issued a warning that "alcohol should play no part in celebrations".
"We receive countless phone calls and emails from parents who are unsure of how to approach the subject of alcohol with their teenagers, particularly leading up to exam results time".
"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". Family members, in particular parents, are the single strongest influence on young people's attitudes towards alcohol.
"While these exams are undoubtedly important, they are not the be all and end all". It marks the transition into study for further education at third level, and greater autonomy in their subject choice and knowledge specialisation.
Results will be eagerly awaited on Wednesday morning, September 12 at schools in Portlaoise, Portarlington, Mountmellick, Ballinakill, Mountrath, Clonaslee, Rathdowney and Knockbeg.
In maths and in Irish a trend which sees more students opting for higher level papers continues.
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