At a centre in Athlone the Department of Education prepares for the distribution of second level state exam papers.

As trucks containing Leaving and Intermediate Certificate examination papers head to regional centres, officials at the Department of Education centre in Athlone are preparing for the second stage of an operation that has taken months of planning.

Over a two day period over a million examination papers have left the centre and before that over one million answer books.

Principal Officer in the Department of Education John Feeney says staff have been busy packing question papers into boxes and loading the boxes onto lorries.

They spent days and very long hours getting that operation done.

A number of the examination papers were devised at Christmas and since then they have been stored securely in the centre's exam strong room until required. After a final check, the boxes are sent to regional centres where they are opened on the day of the examination.

On 5 June 1991 over 120,000 students begin Intermediate Certificate and Leaving Certificate examinations. After each exam the completed papers will be returned to Athlone to await correction.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 June 1991. The reporter is Lorna Donlon.