Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride is full of praise for EK’s school pupils after new figures have shown that Scotland’s schools are achieving record levels of performance.
The proportion of South Lanarkshire school leavers who left school during or at the end of the 2010/11 academic year who had stayed in positive destinations by March 2013 reached 89.8%. This figure compares to a rate of 87.4% last year and means that more young people have stayed in education, training or employment after leaving school than ever before.
Meanwhile the proportion of school leavers achieving one or more qualifications at Higher or Advanced Higher rose from 53.6% in 2010/11 to 60.5% in 2011/12, while the proportion of school leavers with no qualifications fell from 2.7% in 2010/11 to 1.7% in 2011/12.
“These record breaking figures for Scotland are hugely encouraging and are a positive sign that the Scottish Government’s focus on tackling youth unemployment is paying off.
“More school leavers than ever before have remained in education, training or employment, helping Scotland to achieve one of the lowest rates of youth unemployment in Europe.
“The pupils in East Kilbride work incredibly hard and are highly motivated thanks to the time and devotion of parents and teachers.
“East Kilbride should take enormous pride in the achievements of our schools and I know that they will be aiming to keep up this high level of performance in the years ahead.
“Meanwhile, I was disappointed to see Labour vote against the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill, which will widen access to university for students from poorer backgrounds.
“Despite Labour’s attempts to block it, the Bill passed and we have taken a vital step forward to a fairer Scotland by strengthening and improving education for our young people.”
Further details can be viewed at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/06/7503