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The sitting of Leaving Cert English and Irish Paper One at the end of fifth year will not now go ahead.

The plan was aimed at easing exam pressure in sixth year, but teachers and students representative groups opposed the move.

Education Minister Norma Foley will tell Cabinet this morning she’s heard their concerns, and won’t go ahead with the change for 2024.

Her officials will go back to the drawing board to look at when and how the change can be brought in.

Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland President Miriam Duggan says the plan wouldn’t have helped students:

“The idea behind that is to reduce and we didn’t see this move as being a move that would reduce stress.”

“For example, if you’ve a student going from third year straight into fifth year, that student will have three consecutive years of state exams. That’s not going to reduce stress for them.”