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News Release

SQA exam results show stability of Scottish exam system

"The results of the SQA examinations announced today indicate stability in the Scottish examination system.” This was said by the EIS Vice-President, Alan Munro, commenting on this year’s results which indicate the same proportion of pupils gaining Standard Grade as last year with a very slight increase in Highers.

Mr Munro went on to say "I would congratulate the 160,000 pupils who have today had confirmation of their hard work in schools. I also congratulate our teachers for their hard work, ensuring that our education system, as indicated by these results, is in very good order. The very slight fluctuation from year to year is to be expected and points to the robustness of our exam system.”

Mr Munro added "Scottish schools now face the challenges that lie ahead with the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence and future changes in the examination system. There is an onus on all responsible to ensure that these changes take place in a measured way, that they are fully funded and fully understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers. It is vital that the curriculum of the future and the exam system which supports it are robust and well supported.”

Mr Munro concluded "Scotland’s pupils and their parents should feel proud of their successes announced today. I congratulate all who have been involved in this year’s examinations and wish the successful candidates well for the future, whether in further or higher education or in work.”

(ENDS)