No date has been set as of yet for the issuing of this year's Junior Certificate results.

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has told RTÉ News that its "ongoing focus" continues to be the Leaving Certificate results.

It says its priority now is Leaving Certificate appeals and that until such time as the number of appeals is known, it will not be possible to provide a date for the issue of appeal results.

The statement comes amid growing impatience among students who sat the Junior Cycle exams this year, as well as their families, who are keen to know the outcomes of their examinations.

Results are normally published in mid-September.

This year's Junior Cycle exams were the first to be held in three years.

The SEC has said it has to prioritise Leaving Certificate appeals "given the importance of the outcomes of the appeals to candidates, as they progress to employment, further education and higher education".

The Leaving Certificate appeals deadline this year was Monday 12 September.

It says that every effort will be made to issue the Junior Cert results as soon as possible.

The delay in results follows from this year's delayed issuing of Leaving Certificate results.

This was due to a number of factors, including the fact that there was a second sitting of the exams in July, and also a requirement to ensure that this year's outcomes would be no lower than those of 2021.

There was also a shortage of teachers willing to work as examiners marking papers over the summer months.

The SEC says there was a 6% (+7,000) increase in numbers sitting State exams this year compared to the last time a full set of examinations was run in 2019.

It says the requirement for increased numbers of examiners across all subjects, especially at Junior Cycle, has been "especially challenging" this year.