The boundaries between grades in English have also changed, so it is not possible to make direct comparisons within tighter bands of last year but results show that at both levels, the proportion achieving 55pc, or more, in the subject was 81-83pc, compared with about 76-77pc last year.
The grading system for English is different to other subjects this year in that, rather than the old "A, B, C" grade format, students will be awarded one of six grade descriptors, from "Distinction" to "Not Graded".
As were down in higher French, German, History and Geography. Four students received top marks of 12 As while 54 received 11 As. As students head out this evening to celebrate Junior Certificate results, parents are being reminded to talk to their children about about appropriate celebrations.
A new report commissioned by alcohol industry body Drinkaware found that seven out of 10 parents believe their drinking habits influence their children's attitudes towards alcohol.
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The HSE, however, says that alcohol shouldn't be involved in any celebrations.
Local TD and Sinn Féin spokesperson for Education Kathleen Funchion has wished those receiving their Junior Cert results today the best of luck for their future.
"I think young people are more aware of their diet in general and they know what's in food and drink, whether it's fizzy drinks or alcohol, they're more aware than I was growing up". "Now is the time to have that all-important conversation about alcohol".
He told Independent.ie: "We've been hosting these events for Junior Cert results night for ten or 15 years, all the events for this age group are strictly no-alcohol allowed".