Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Thursday 19 March 2020) announced the cancellation of oral and practical performance tests of the state examinations which were originally scheduled to take place from Monday 23 March to Friday 3 April 2020. All students who were due to take these tests will be awarded full marks for this portion of the exam. The decision was taken in light of the closure of schools as a result of the Covid-19 virus and it will be implemented by the State Examinations Commission (SEC).

The change to the 2020 state examinations means all students who were due to take oral and practical performance tests in the following subjects will be given full marks for this part of the examination:
· Oral tests in Leaving Certificate Irish and the Modern Languages of French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese.
· Practical performance tests in Leaving Certificate Music.
· Practical performance tests in Junior Certificate Music and Home Economics.

Minister McHugh also confirmed changes to deadlines for students to complete project work and coursework in a number of subjects. Students were originally scheduled to complete these elements of the state examinations on a number of dates from Friday 20 March to Friday 24 April 2020, depending on the subject. Students will now be given until Friday 15 May 2020 to complete this work.
To read the full statement from the Department of Education and Skills, please go to

We at Loreto Letterkenny understand that this is a very stressful time for students, parents and staff. We will continue to keep you up-to-date of any changes. We know that the staff and students are working very hard remotely through Google Classroom. If you have any queries or concerns do not hesitate to contact us at or general queries at

We keep you in our prayers during these challenging times; Sr Ger, Mrs Rodgers, Ms McHugh & Ms McGee.