Almost 60,000 students to get Junior Cert results
on 11/09/2013 07:35:25
Nearly 2% more pupils sat the State exams this summer compared to last year.
Most students will collect their grades in school but the results will also be available online at examinations.ie after 4 pm.
Jackie O'Callaghan of the National Parents' Council says it's important to put the experience into perspective.
"Some of them will be upset and they may not have achieved what they thought they would," she said.
"But it's a huge achievement to do your Junior Cert, to sit the exams and to actually pass the exams.
"The participation in it and the actual doing of it is the big thing here."
Meanwhile parents are being encouraged to keep an eye out for underage drinking amid Junior Cert celebrations.
A recent European survey showed that half of all 16 year olds in this country reported drinking alcohol in the last month.
While 84% say getting their hands on booze is 'very easy'.
Fionnuala Sheehan from Drink Aware has this advice for parents who want to help their children avoid temptation :
"Increasingly we know that parents are inviting friends of their child… to their own house to have the celebrations (and) that's a great idea," she said.
"If you feel that's not for you, perhaps think in terms of an event - going bowling for example, and maybe going to the cinema afterwards."