Commenting on the GCSE results, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, said:
"Congratulations must go to young people and their teachers who have worked tirelessly to deliver yet another excellent set of results.
“The fact that schools in Northern Ireland have continued to deliver these results given all that has happened in education over the past few years is a testament to the resilience of the teachers who have had to endure increased work pressures, rising class sizes and uncertainty about their own careers.
“Without investment in the workforce the achievements which we have seen today will not be sustained. The real term year on year pay cuts need to be addressed as a matter of urgency while teachers need to be provided with proper professional development.
“Set against a backdrop of uncertainty and anxiety caused by the adoption of a hybrid grading system and the ongoing resource pressures within schools, these results are a great indictment of the hard work and achievement of pupils and teachers alike.”
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland, said:
“There is much to celebrate today, our young people and their teachers have demonstrated that schools are delivering for young people but the results also give us much to think about.
“We have witnessed further growth in the number of pupils studying STEM subjects and that is very welcome.
“The cuts made to funding for the entitlement framework this year will inevitably lead to a reduction in the range of subjects available to young people. This is a retrograde step and the NASUWT would encourage schools to offer as wide a range of subjects as possible.”