GCSE results have risen consistently under SF ministers - Ruane
Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has said that the numbers of school leavers achieving at least five GCSEs have risen consistently over the tenure of successive Sinn Féin education ministers since 2000.
Ms Ruane said;
"In response to an Assembly question I have received statistics showing a significant rise in the numbers of young people achieving at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C. since 2000/01.
"In 2000/1 just 50.5 per cent of boys achieved five GCSEs and by 2012/3 that figure had risen to 74.5 per cent. This rise of 24 per cent is particularly welcome.
"The number of girls achieving five GCSE grades has also risen from 65.8 per cent in 2000/1 to 82.8 per cent in 2012/3.
"This means that 3,473 more young people achieved the desired five GCSE grades since 2000/1.
"All of these improvements have taken place under successive Sinn Féin education ministers and are testament to the commitment of Sinn Féin to improving educational opportunities for all of our young people.
"I am confident that these improvements will continue in the time ahead."