Dumbarton constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie, has praised students in West Dunbartonshire for performing better than last year, despite a national decline in pass rates. This is the fourth year in a row where national pass rates have declined.

Schools in West Dunbartonshire are celebrating an increase in exam pass rates, with a local pass rate of 81.63 percent for National Five and 78.20 percent for Highers. Not only is this an increase on last year’s results but shows that students in the area are performing above the national average, with national pass rates of just 76.70 percent and 74.80 percent respectively.

Jackie said:

“While the national picture is disappointing, students in West Dunbartonshire can be extremely proud of their results. I congratulate all the students and their teachers for all their hard work.

“I know that local teachers are completely dedicated to ensuring that pupils receive the best results that they can allowing them to achieve their full potential.

“However, the national picture is worrying. This SNP government claims that education is their top priority, but the results speak for themselves.

“Students and teachers are being disadvantaged by an education system which is under-resourced, and under pressure.”

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