Numbers sitting Leaving Certificate increases

 

A new report suggests that the number of students staying in second level education is at its highest rate ever.

Minister for Education – Ruairí Quinn

A new report suggests that the number of students staying in school to complete their second level education is at its highest rate ever.

The Department of Education study indicates that there is a large increase in the number of young men who are staying on at school to sit their Leaving Certificate exams.

This report looked at students who entered secondary school between 1991 and 2004 and completed their second level education no later than 2010.

It found that almost 88% of students are staying on to sit the Leaving Certificate, an increase of 6% in 8 years.

Young women are more likely to complete their second level education at just over 86%, compared with 
82% males.

However the number of young men staying on in school has increased by almost 12%.

County Longford students are most likely to complete second level.

Drop out levels are highest in cities, including Cork, Dublin and Limerick.

There has also been an increase in the number of students attending schools in disadvantaged areas that are completing their Leaving Cert exams, up 5% to 73%.

The Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn has said issues in the labour market have probably helped improve the numbers of students staying in school.

He claimed that extra resources for school completion programmes have also played their part.

www.rte.ie  Friday, 13 May 2011

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