RTÉ is reporting that the government has agreed to give Leaving Certificate students the option of a calculated grade or written exam in each subject.

Minister for Education Norma Foley is set to announce a two-track Leaving Certificate exam process that will see students choose to receive a calculated grade or to do a written exam in each subject this summer.

It is understood that students will be able to request a calculated grade whilst also sitting an exam if they wish, with the higher result being recorded as their official grade.

The Cabinet Education Sub-Committee is reported to have signed off on the plan this afternoon, which will also see the Junior Certificate being cancelled this year.

Orals and practicals for certain Leaving Certificate subjects will also go ahead, with some changes being applied because of Covid-19 restrictions.

The Department of Education will issue the calculated grade results at the same time as the written results, in the hopes of avoiding any delay in planning for third-level study.

The Minister for Education is reportedly briefing teachers’ unions on the government’s plan for this year’s exams, with a public announcement expected later today.