Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has extended his best wishes to the 3,989 students in Kerry beginning State exams this week.
This year 1,887 Kerry students will sit the Leaving Certificate, with 101 doing the Leaving Cert Applied and 2,001 sitting Junior Certificate exams. Nationally, there are 116,845 students sitting the State exams this year.
Senator Daly said: “This is a particularly big week for the almost 2,000 Leaving Cert students in Kerry. After years of hard work and preparation, their school careers are coming to an end and an exciting new chapter lies ahead. These exams are an opportunity for students to showcase their skills and demonstrate what they have learned throughout their time in school.
“In order to put their best foot forward, students need to look after themselves and keep stress at a minimum during the exam period. It is completely normal to be nervous, but students must remember that that the work is done and they have learned a lot more throughout the last couple of years than they may give themselves credit for.
“This can be a nerve-wracking time for parents too, and maintaining a calm and relaxed atmosphere at home will help keep the nerves at bay. Avoid lengthy post-mortems of exams past, don’t dwell on mistakes and help the students move on as quickly as possible to the next subject.
“My thoughts are with all the Leaving and Junior Cert students in Kerry and their parents. The very best of luck!”