Junior Cycle students heaved a sigh of relief as they collected their much-delayed exam results today, with many recalling how Covid made their learning and study much more difficult.
The State Examinations Commission was due to release the results in September, but that date was pushed to today due to the shortages made worse by the priority and delay of the Leaving Cert results.
The mood outside Pobalscoil Neasáin in north Dublin was positive, with many students happy with their results despite setbacks and Covid.
“There was just a lot of unknown because we had to wait so long, and they are quite new exams, so we didn’t really know how they were going to go. But I think we are all pretty happy with the results,” said Sophie Nannery, one of the students looking over their results at the Baldoyle school.
Another student, Evan Hand, said: “All three of us, we studied French. And learning a language online isn’t the easiest thing to do. So Covid definitely had an impact on it.”
Fellow student Aoife O’Reilly said: “It meant that we didn’t have time to learn as many study skills and bond with our classmates and really work together through that.”