Around 500 final certificate students had their oral exams in Ireland postponed this weekend as examiners were unable to attend due to the high concentration of Covid-19 in society.
Even schools have been affected, the State Examinations Commission (SEC) said.
This weekend oral exams begin in 750 schools across Ireland, with tests in Irish and modern foreign languages.
A statement from the SEC said: “Deviating from the schedule this year, these exams and the Leaving Certificate Music exams will be held over the Easter holiday period, which starts in schools on April 9th and runs through April 14th.
“The SEC has told seven schools that some Irish oral exams due to take place from this weekend have had to be postponed as examiners appointed for those schools’ exam centers are unable to attend.
The short-term postponement of these investigations is a necessary step due to the high rates of Covid-19 in society
“Of the total of 52,000 exams in this subject, around 500 students are affected.
“Information has been made available to affected schools to help communicate with students and parents.
“In a message to schools for distribution to students, the SEC has apologized to affected graduate students for having to postpone these exams.”
The SEC statement continued, “Leaving Certificate students will receive further details on their rescheduled exam from their school closer to the time.
“The exams will be postponed to the late oral exam period from May 4th, which is intended as an emergency arrangement should this be necessary due to the attrition of the exam teams due to Covid-19.
“Unfortunately and regrettably, despite all efforts to keep the exams running as planned, postponing these exams at short notice due to the high rates of Covid-19 in society is a necessary step.”
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