Commenting on the GCSE results in Northern Ireland, Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of the NASUWT- The Teachers’ Union, said:
“Today’s performance by pupils is a testament to the high standards being achieved in our schools by them and their teachers and they deserve our congratulations.
“They have secured these excellent results despite the intense pressures and challenges facing the education service and to do so is nothing short of remarkable.
“These include cuts to funding, job losses, excessive workload and pay cuts year on year. Teachers are committed to the young people they teach but we need to see more investment in education in Northern Ireland if the achievements seen today can be sustained.”
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland, said:
“Today’s results are a testament to the skills and talent of our young people and the teachers and principals who work so hard to support them.
“But this continued improvement is under threat unless funding to the education service keeps up with inflationary pressures and the increasing numbers of pupils in the system.
“It is also important that all pupils have the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects which reflect their interests and prepare them for further study and their chosen careers.”