A body representing the parents of second level students has called for clarity and prompt action regarding this year's Leaving Certificate exams, and for information on "clear alternative options" to be made available to students and parents.

In a statement, the National Parents' Council Post Primary (NPCPP) said the Minister for Education must urgently recognise and consider the issues, bring forward options and offer clarity on Leaving Certificate processes, timelines and a conclusion date.

The voluntary body does not state a preferred course of action.

It says it was disappointed with the fact that there was no reference to the Leaving Certificate exams in the Taoiseach's Friday 'roadmap’ statement.

Tonight, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said that it appears to be unclear how holding this year's Leaving Cert exams is compatible with public health advice.

He told RTÉ's Prime Time that an alternative plan needed to be in place and he called on the Government to issue "a comprehensive statement" on the matter.

The NPCPP said that because it is impossible to categorically state that exams will take place from 29 July, parents are seeking alternative plans "which take account of other potential scenarios and that will offer alternative routes to completion and a definitive conclusion date for students".

The organisation said there is an increasing and unacceptable level of stress and pressure on Leaving Certificate students and their families.

It said that the disparity of facilities and support for Leaving Certificate students across the country is clear, and that one solution "cannot and will not offer fairness and equity to all students".

It called for "creative solutions".

The NPCPP is part of an advisory group established by the Department of Education to explore and reach consensus on issues related to the pandemic and education. 

It said that Leaving Certificate students deserve "flexibility" in any assessment process. It said that fairness and equality must govern all considerations.