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School pupils receive exam results
For almost 160,000 anxious pupils across Scotland the wait is finally over, as the Scottish Qualifications Authority today delivers their exam results.
For the majority of pupils it will be good news, as pass rates from Access 3 to Advance Higher level remain stable with small improvements in attainment in most cases.
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Fiona Hyslop said the results were testament to the abilities of Scotland's young people and cause for optimism about the nation's economic future.
Ms Hyslop said:
"I want to congratulate Scottish pupils for their achievements today. I know the certificates received represent months of dedication and hard work by them and their teachers, combined with the support of parents and friends.
"These results clearly demonstrate that our young people have high ambitions and are achieveing success. By continuing to support Scotland's reputation for skills and learning, today's results will help to make Scotland the place to do business even in these difficult economic times.
"For those who have not received the results they were hoping for, don't panic. There is comprehensive advice and support out there to guide you through the many options available that can help achieve your goals."
The SQA candidate helpline is available on 0845 278 8080.
The current National Qualification courses began to be phased in from August 1999. There are five types of award, designed to provide challenging qualifications for pupils of all abilities:
- Access (available at three levels)
- Intermediate 1
- Intermediate 2
- Advanced Higher
- Standard Grade results are also included in the exam results
The Scottish Government is working to develop the next generation of Scottish qualifications, which will come into effect from 2013. These will deliver qualifications that reflect Scotland's new approach to teaching and learning with a more streamlined system, which is simpler for pupils, parents and employers to understand.