State exams may now be held in late summer or autumn because of the coronavirus.
According to the Irish Times, the government believes it's unlikely the restrictions will be lifted in time for their usual June start date.
Leaving and Junior Cert students have been urged to continue with their studies as senior officials in the Department of Education consider a range of contingency options due to the coronavirus crisis.
A decision will be made this week on when exams will be held. It comes as restrictions on movement and travel could be in place for months to come. Restrictions on movement and travel could be in place for months to come.
The death toll from Covid-19 has risen to 235, after a further 25 people were confirmed to have lost their lives, while 365 new cases have been confirmed.
There are now 6,074 diagnosed cases of the virus.
The European Centre for Disease Control says it's too early for countries to start lifting community and physical distancing measures.