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Education Minister Ruane welcomes GCE A and AS Level results

16 August, 2007

Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane commenting on the results said:

"Congratulations to all the young people involved in achieving these excellent results. I believe they are the result of hard work and dedication of our students. They are also a credit to the professionalism and commitment of teachers and parents.

"If you did not achieve the grades you wanted, there are many avenues open to you and I urge you to explore these.

"I sincerely wish you all every success for the future, whether you decide to go to university, further education, training or employment and that you are leaving school with many years of happy memories with the skills, talents and enthusiasm needed to pursue a career of your choice.

"Tá an domhan mór ar aghaidh boise agaibh, agus molaim daoibh gach deis a thapú. Is tréimhse spreagúil é seo in Éirinn, agus caithfidh sibh a bheith rannpháirteach ann.

"The world is your oyster and I urge you to take every opportunity open to you. This is an exciting time in Ireland and we need you to play your part."

98% of entries at A-level here have achieved pass grades, with 33.2% being awarded the top grade A. This is respectively a 0.3% and 0.8% increase on last year, demonstrating that high standards have been maintained.

Girls continue to outperform boys at A and AS levels, both locally and within England, Wales and the North of Ireland together. Overall, boys and girls undertaking A/AS levels and advanced vocational qualifications here continue to achieve higher grades than their counterparts in England and Wales.

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