quote from department
The overall impact of the changes announced by the Minister represents a significant shift in proportion of marks from the aural and written examinations to the oral. The changes will also apply to the Junior Cert, where the oral examination is a school-based, optional exam. In the case of the Junior Cert oral, the marks will be doubled, from 20% to 40%.
At present, only a small number of schools organise the optional Junior Cert assessment, and where no oral exam is held, marks are awarded on the basis of the written paper and aural only.
With these changes applying to students enrolling in First Year in 2007 it means that in 2010, there will be 40% of marks available for optional oral at Junior Cert and 40% for the oral exam in the Leaving Cert in 2012.
So in a nutshell it's optional. The question is if your daughter's school decide to do the oral will she then be forced to do it or lose 40% if she doesn't do it. I'd say ring the school and establish if they are going to do it, and also if your daughter has the option not to do it if she doesn't want to.
Last edited by pathway33; 27-04-2009 at 12:47.