Record success for A-level students
LONDON, Aug 17: British A-level results announced on Thursday showed a
record number of top grades as the national pass rate rose for the 25th year in
The proportion of papers awarded A grades reached one in four for
the first time. Figures from the exam boards showed 25.3 percent of exams were
graded A – up from 24.1 percent in last year. Girls continued to score better
grades than boys in all major subjects apart from further maths and foreign
languages. Subjects such as maths, German and physics did not see another slump
The Joint Council for Qualifications, which published the
results, has paid tribute to the hard work of students.
percent of candidates taking A-levels this summer achieved at least a grade E
pass – up from 96.6 percent last year.
But the soaring number of students
achieving A grades will fuel the debate over whether or not the exams are too
easy to be a useful measure of ability for the brightest pupils. app