Junior Cert exam to be phased out over the next 8 years

The current Junior Certificate examination process is to be phased out over the next eight years.

It will be replaced with continuous assessements and a test carried out by individual schools - rather than a State exam.

The radical shake-up of the system - announced by the Education Minsiter Ruairi Quinn this afternoon - was drawn up by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

The introduction of the new junior cycle programme will begin in September 2014.