Sinn Féin education spokesperson Councillor Patricia Logue has said the latest figures from the School Leavers Survey 2013/’14 has again showed an increase in the number of children achieving 5 or more GCSE pass grades and increased A ‘Level results.
“The School Leavers Survey shows another year-on-year increase in the number of children who are gaining increased grades.
“What is particularly pleasing is that not only are we seeing increased grades but these increases are right across the educational spectrum.
“These results reinforce Sinn Féin’s strategy of promoting academic excellence and proves top grades can be achieved without selection.
“However, there is still work to be done in bringing equality into education as the gap between those in receipt of free school meals and those not in receipt shows.
“There is also a gap in the grades achieved by boys and those achieved by girls, with girls again coming out ahead of the boys.
“I commend the minister John O’Dowd in his efforts in identifying these anomalies and targeting resources to address the problem. I have no doubt we will see another increase next year.
“Those schools who practice selection now need to take heed of these results and join with the minister in bringing equality into education by abandoning selection and allowing every child to maximise their potential.
“I would like to congratulate all the students, parents and teachers who put so much work into getting these better grades in a wide range of subjects including English and Maths.”