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Minister welcomes GCSE results

27 August, 2009 - by Caitríona Ruane

Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, today congratulated young people on this year’s GCSE results.

A*-C grades were achieved by 75.1% of candidates, with 9.1%being awarded the top A* grade. This is respectively 0.6% and 0.2% higher than last year, demonstrating that high standards have, yet again, been maintained.

Commenting on the results, the Education Minister Caitríona Ruane said: “These are excellent results and they show the determination of our young people to work to the best of their ability. Congratulations to all the students receiving results today. Teachers and parents have inspired and motivated our young people to work hard to achieve these results and they should also be congratulated for their hard work and dedication.

“Young people today are determined and committed to their education as they are more focused on their future career and pursuits. I wish everyone who received results over the past week, the best of luck in pursuing their career goals.”

“While these are excellent results, there are still too many young people leaving education without the necessary five GCSEs and that is why I have been implementing progressive reforms to improve the education system. We need an education system that will provide the skills and abilities so our young people will thrive and prosper.”

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