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Education Minister Cáitríona Ruane congratulates all those students receiving AS and A-Level results

14 August, 2008 - by Caitríona Ruane


Education Minister Cáitríona Ruane congratulates all those students receiving AS and A-Level results

Visiting St Mary's High School in Newry and Newry High School, Cáitríona Ruane said:

"Congratulations to all the young people who have today received their A and AS level results. I firmly believe that they result from the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication of our young people. The results are also a credit to the professionalism, passion and commitment of teachers and parents.

"There will be young people today who did not get the results that they hoped for in order to pursue their career. However, you have come this far and I would urge you not to give up pursuing your goals, there are many options available to you and I would urge you to explore these.

"I wish you all every success for the future on whatever your chosen career route. This is an exciting time in your life and I would advise that you consider all avenues open to you and make your own decision as to what goal you wish to achieve.

"I have a progressive programme underway to reform our education system. This programme will maintain our excellent record in results while improving the educational experiences of all young people and narrowing the gap between those who do well and those the system is failing."

98.2% of entries at A level here have achieved pass grades, with 35.4% being awarded the top grade A. This is respectively a 0.2% and 2.2% increase on last year, demonstrating that high standards have been maintained. CRÍOCH

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