Congratulations to Scottish pupils on exam success
As the 2012 exam results drop through letterboxes or arrive via text across Scotland today the mood among our school pupils will be a heady mix of excitement and nervous anticipation. And judging from the extremely heartening results we’ve seen this year, the vast majority look set to be celebrating hugely deserved success.
Examination certificates covering Higher, Advanced Higher, Standard Grade and more have been sent to almost 159,000 candidates, with around 732,000 exams sat in total. The results have now been published by the Scottish Qualifications Association (SQA) showing increased pass rates at most levels.
Higher results are particularly encouraging with the overall pass rate for Higher up 1.7 per cent from last year. This is wonderful news and I would like to congratulate both Scotland’s pupils and their teachers on another year of high achievement.
These results reflect their hard work and dedication and their success is hugely merited. They’re also testament to the strengths of Scotland’s broad-based education system which gives every pupil the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
We are fostering a new generation of ambitious young Scots and Curriculum for Excellence aims to ensure that our young people continue to realise their potential, both now and in the years ahead.
However, while we’re rightly toasting our pupils’ success, we must also remember today will also be a time of uncertainty for those who haven’t achieved the grades they were hoping for. Help is available for anyone in this situation through the National Exam Helpline on 0808 100 8000.
The helpline is open now and advisers are on hand to talk young people through the options available to them, whether that’s further study, a training place or employment.
Behind today’s statistics are thousands of individual young people each with their own set of results and future ambitions. Today is a day to celebrate this achievement and praise their success. Well done!
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
Scots pupils hit the mark
Record Higher pass rate of 76.9 percent.
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