Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education & Skills Charlie McConalogue TD has sent his best wishes to the 118,784 Junior and Leaving Cert students across the country, as the State exams get underway.

This year 55,963 students will sit the Leaving Cert, while another 59,919 will take on the Junior Cert, beginning tomorrow morning.

Deputy McConalogue said, “I want to extend my best wishes to all the students sitting the State exams over the next two weeks.  It can be an incredibly stressful time for the students themselves and their families as all their hard work and effort over the past two years is put to the test.

“The Leaving Cert in particular is the culmination of the secondary school learning experience and marks a transition from school to further education or the workplace.  At this stage, all the work has been done, students just need to remain calm, read the questions thoroughly and do the best they can.

“For Junior Cert students, their first State Exam can be daunting but it is an important learning curve which will prepare them for the Leaving Cert cycle.

“Even though the Junior and Leaving Cert are important milestones in the lives of students, it’s important to bear in mind that there is life after these exams.  Students should try to get a good night’s sleep before each exam, eat well and try to relax in the evenings.  When each exam is done, it’s best to forget about it, avoid lengthy post-mortems and just focus on the next one.

“Parents, siblings and friends have an important role to play in supporting students over the next few weeks and months in order to keep stress levels to a minimum”.