16/08/2007

GCE A and AS Level Results Welcomed

Education Minister Caitríona Ruane and Employment and Learning Minister Sir Reg Empey today welcomed this year’s GCE A and AS Level results. 



Around 98% of entries at A-level in NI achieved pass grades, with 33.2% being awarded the top grade A. This is respectively a 0.3% and 0.8% increase on last year, demonstrating that high standards have been maintained.

Commenting on the results Education Minister Caitríona Ruane said: “Congratulations to all the young people involved in achieving these excellent results. I believe they are the result of hard work and dedication of our students. They are also a credit to the professionalism and commitment of teachers and parents.”

Girls continue to outperform boys at A and AS levels, locally and within England, Wales and Northern Ireland together.

Sir Reg said: “These are excellent results and I wish all those who got the grades they required every success. Some may not have done as well as they hoped and I would reassure them by saying that there are many other options open to them.”

Sir Reg added: “I would urge young people to seriously consider their future career plans now. In the changing world in which we live, our economy is undergoing resurgence and requires a skilled workforce to enable us to compete with our European neighbours. Not all these skills can be learned at university and equally fulfilling careers can be found outside the higher education route.”

Overall, boys and girls undertaking A/AS levels and advanced vocational qualifications here continue to achieve higher grades than their counterparts in England and Wales. 


(SB/SP)

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