‘Many students have mediocre Junior Certificate results and do really well in the Leaving’

Doing badly in the Junior Certificate examinations is not an indicator that the student will do badly in the Leaving Certificate examinations, according to a Dublin-based guidance counsellor.

“Parents can get very worried if their son or daughter does badly in the Junior Certificate, but this is unnecessary as bad results can provide very useful information for preparing for the Leaving Certificate,” says Andree Harpur, a guidance counsellor who works in private practice in south Dublin.