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More NI school leavers want university education with a rise in those prepared to stay at home to get it, figures show

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University students on campus

University students on campus

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University students on campus

The percentage of school leavers who intend to go and take degree courses at university is continuing to rise in Northern Ireland.

Latest figures from the Department of Education show the percentage of pupils who say they will go on to higher education courses has risen from 43.1% of leavers in 2017/18 to almost half at 47.9% in 2019/20.


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