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CBI: GCSE results ‘must do better’

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The successes in GCSE and GNVQ exams are good news for business, but too few students are doing well, the CBI said after results were published.

While welcoming the rise of 0.5 per cent to 57.1 per cent in the overall pass rate for GCSEs, the CBI says we need a step change in expectations and in the rate of progress.

“There have been just slight improvements in English, Maths and Science. It is alarming for the UK’s competitiveness that over 40 per cent fail to achieve a grade C or above in these core subjects”, said CBI Head of Learning and Skills Margaret Murray.

“Better results are starting to flow through in the vocational exams. The CBI applauds this. The improved GNVQ pass rates suggest young people can do well with the right advice and when they opt for qualifications that suit their needs”, she added.

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