The Results of the A-level exams were published yesterday, August 16, 2012 much to the student’s anxieties. The Results showed that the total number of students gaining an A* or A grade has gone down from 27 % of 2011 to 26.6% this year. The fall was recorded to be the highest in the last two decades. The total pass rate was 98%, which has been steadily rising in the past 30 years.
The total number of students securing an A, A* or B grade stood at 52%. This year the boys have outdone the girls in the top score slab with 8% boys securing A* against 7.9% girls. However, the total percentage of girls getting an A grade was 19.3% while the boys stood at 17.8%.
It was observed that the number of students taking up modern foreign languages has dropped considerably. German and Spanish witnessed a 7.6% and 3.4% decline respectively, while French recorded a slump of 5.2%. While, those opting for physics and math papers went up by 5% and 3.3% respectively.
Students from independent colleges and schools have performed better than the state schools. The result shows 50% of the student entries in independent schools secured A* grade while 23% were from state institutes.
Overall, the result recorded a steep decline in the last twenty years and experts claim that this might cut down acceptances to universities and give rise to more anxiety.
Source: BBC News
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