Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Lessons to learn

Year after year Northern Ireland pupils continue to outperform the rest of the UK in their examinations and yesterday's GSCE continued the trend. The percentages gaining A* and A*-C grades were both above the national average. Significantly more students are now studying the vital STEM – sciences, technology, engineering and maths – subjects which increasingly are desired by future employers.

However much work needs to be done by education authorities. Some 8,500 pupils did not get five grades in the A*-C range which is the performance benchmark and secondary schools' results were well below those of their grammar peers. That is a gap which must be closed to enable all children to have greater opportunities.

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