Local MLA and Ulster Unionist Party Education Spokesperson Danny Kinahan has hailed the publication of Northern Ireland’s GCSE examination results which reveal that the proportion of entries awarded A*-C grades has continued to grow, whilst the national average has once again fallen.
The South Antrim MLA, who visited both Antrim Grammar and Parkhall Integrated College on results day, said the high standards should be congratulated.
“No one should underestimate the significance of the proportion of GCSE entries in Northern Ireland awarded A* - C rising to 76.5%; an increase on last year’s figure of 75.6%. This stands in stark contrast to England’s latest fall in their A* - C results to 68.1%,” Mr Kinahan said.
He added: “I also particularly welcome the fact that STEM subjects continue to grow and show a strong performance in terms of grades awarded.”
Referring to his visit to the local schools, Mr Kinahan said he could not have been more impressed by the success of both schools.
“Congratulations to all the students and to all the teachers for such excellent results,” Mr Kinahan said.
He added: “This has been a stressful time for our young people and I hope that with the publication of their results will bring them some degree of comfort and allow them to reflect and decide upon their next step in life.
“Many will be continuing with their education; however a significant number will now be entering the field of training and employment. Every effort should be taken to support them.”