Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Junior Cert students warned to stay off the booze on results day

Junior Cert students warned to stay off the booze on results day

The 30,349 girls and 31,305 boys will receive 616,000 individual grades across 25 subjects throughout today in their schools and on the State Examinations Commission's website.

The subject with the lowest numbers now is Ancient Greek, which just 26 students sat this year. Four students received top marks of 12 As while 54 received 11 As.

The results show 81.7 per cent of students sitting the English higher level paper achieved a mark over 55 per cent compared with 76.6 per cent previous year.

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Junior Cert results night has become infamous for underage teenagers being seen on the streets intoxicated in the early hours of the morning. As students head out this evening to celebrate Junior Certificate results, parents are being reminded to talk to their children about about appropriate celebrations.

According to independent research carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes, more parents now believe it is acceptable for children to drink alcohol at home before the age of 15: 14% in 2017 compared to 9% in 2015, and parents are the biggest influence on young people's decisions around alcohol.

It's Junior Cert results day and event managers will be clamping down on underage drinking.

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Alcohol watchdog Drinkaware has warned students the earlier they begin drinking, the more of an affect it will have on their mental health.

"Today's new senior cycle pupils are beginning their Leaving Cert study in an exciting time: Ireland's education system is undergoing much-needed reform".

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