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Education Minister congratulates GCSE students

24 August, 2010 - by Caitríona Ruane

Commenting on the results, the Education Minister Caitríona Ruane said: “I would like to congratulate all the students who have worked so hard to achieve their results today. The excellent results highlight not only your own determination, but the inspiration and motivation provided by your parents and teachers throughout your education.

“We are seeing a reduction in the numbers of pupils leaving school without five good GSCEs including in English and Maths, dropping from over 12,000 (47.4%) in 2005/06 to 9,500 (41.6%) 2008/09. This is a direct result of the series of progressive reforms I have introduced to improve the education system since I took up office. However, I’m sure we all agree that 9,500 pupils remains a startling figure, one which I am dedicated to reducing further through raising standards and tackling underachievement across all schools.

“CCEA has also advised me that it has rechecked all the multiple choice GCSE papers following the errors that arose in the Chemistry A-level multiple choice paper, and confirmed that all the checks were clear.
“I wish everyone who received results over the past week the best of luck in pursuing their career goals.”

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