Wednesday, 28 March 2001
Dáil Eireann Debate
188. Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for Education and Science his views on the concerns of leaving certificate and junior certificate students in Tramore, County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9317/01]
Minister for Education and Science (Dr. Woods): I assure the Deputy and all students and their parents that the 2001 certificate examin ations will proceed without any diminution in either the integrity or validity of the examinations.
As I have already indicated, the results of the examinations may issue later than usual if delays are experienced during the marking process. Some delay may be unavoidable in the case of  the junior certificate. The priority will be to ensure that standards are maintained. It is essential that the high reputation enjoyed by our public examinations continues and that public confidence in the examination system is preserved. As the Deputy may know, discussions are at an advanced stage in the Labour Court. A successful outcome to these talks would be helpful.
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