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Minister welcomes GSCE results

21 August, 2008 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane today congratulated young people on this year's GCSE results.

GCSE A*-C grades were achieved by 74.5% of candidates, with 8.9% being awarded the top A* grade. This is respectively 2.1% and 0.7% higher than last year, demonstrating that high standards have, yet again, been maintained.

Commenting on the results, the Education Minister said:

"These are excellent results once again demonstrating that our young people are dedicated to their studies and performing to the best of their ability. Congratulations to all involved in achieving these excellent results and the teachers and parents who inspired and motivated our young students.

"However, whilst overall these are excellent results, too many young people are leaving education without 5 GCSEs. That is one of the reasons why I have a number of progressive reforms underway to improve the education system. Our education system needs to give young people the confidence and skills to follow their chosen career.

"If you did not achieve the results you had hoped for, there are other pathways that you can follow in order to pursue your career and reach your ambition, including staying on at school for further study."

Girls continue to outperform boys at grades. More candidates here have achieved the top A* and A*-C grades than their counterparts in England and Wales. There has also been encouraging progress in achievement in Applied GCSEs.

Further GCSE performance figures can be accessed at the following web page:

Financial support is available to those wishing to continue in education through the Education Maintenance Allowance ( Educational Maintenance Allowance is also available for those participating in the new Training for Success provision. For details on this funding see

Anyone seeking information and advice on any issues relating to their exam results should contact their school or college or the CCEA helpline on 028 9026 1260 or email [email protected]. For those whose results were better or not as good as expected, information, advice and guidance on what to do next is available from the Careers Service at 028 9044 1781 or at

All available statistics are provisional and are subject to appeals and re-marks.

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