‘Slight’ drop in attainment across the board

Education secretary John Swinney has described a drop in the number of pupils leaving school with at least one exam pass as a “fluctuation”, TES is reporting.

He said Scotland had a “high-performing” education system despite figures showing the number of school leavers with at least one pass at National, 4 National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher all dropped.

The figures, published yesterday, showed the number of school leavers who had at least one pass at Higher level dropped from 62.2 per cent in 2017-18 to 60.5 per cent in 2018-19.

Mr Swinney acknowledged there had been “a slight fall in attainment” but added over time the percentage of school leavers achieving one or more passes at National 5 and Higher level had “improved substantially”.

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