Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Chris Hazzard MLA said that while the GCSE pass results across the North have increased slightly there is still a major problem of young people leaving without 5 good GCSE's.
Mr. Hazzard said,
“I would like to congratulate all the young people today who received their results. However while we see another rise in grades across the North we cannot negate the fact that a large percentage of our young people leave education without 5 or more GCSE’s.
“Those young people who feel disappointed today because they didn’t achieve their desired results shouldn’t panic but should speak to their school and careers teachers as there are now many paths to their chosen career.
“I have no doubt that those people who advocate the education system here as world class and are opposed to change will ignore the figure that there has been an increase in the number of young people leaving school without any qualifications whatsoever.
“It is important that we look at changing our education system so that all pupils have the opportunity to reach their potential. We need to recognise the fact that in global terms, unless we bring about this change, we will continue to fall down the league table of educational achievement.” --