Belfast Telegraph

Students congratulated on hard work

Northern Ireland's students have been congratulated for gaining about 2,800 A* awards at A-level and becoming the best performing entrants in the UK.

Education Minister John O'Dowd said: "These results are the product of hard work over many years by our young people with support from their teachers and parents. I congratulate everyone involved.

"Some of you will not get the results you were hoping for today and I would urge you not to worry. There are so many options open to you, whether you want to continue pursuing your career of choice, or maybe rethink your plans and try something totally new.

"There are different pathways to take you where you want to go and you should take good advice and study all your options before making a decision."

Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry said it was heartening to see so many young people achieving the grades they needed.

"We want to let students know that there are still many possibilities and choices available, whether you have done better than expected or not as well as you had hoped," he said.

"My primary advice to anyone in this situation is to remember that help is at hand."

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