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I Remember my first state exam

Before free secondary school education and before school transport many Irish children finished school after 6th class in primary school. Secondary education was fee paying and often unavailable if you lived in the country and couldn’t afford boarding school fees.

So that pupils didn’t leave school without any certification of their education the state gave them this exam called the Primary School Certificate.

Primary School education was very thorough and pupils got a good grounding in the three Rs.

Look at the Arithmetic paper from 1962 and see how you would fare.

The exam was finally scrapped in 1967

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Remember this is a test for 6th class children. How would today’s youngsters fare?

Photo of Helen Moylan’s Primary Certificate.