Welsh Conservatives Congratulate Hardworking GCSE Students, but Shortcomings in Welsh Schools Must Be Tackled

Commenting on Welsh GCSE results published today, Welsh Conservative Shadow Education Secretary, Darren Millar AM said:

“GCSEs are an important gateway to future learning and employment so it’s vital that Welsh students have the opportunity to do well and achieve their full potential. Sadly, today’s results show that too many students across Wales are being let down by an education system which is not meeting their needs. 

“I want to congratulate all those who got the results they hoped for and am encouraged by the rise of the A*-A grade achievers. However, the drop in A*-C grade – at its lowest rate since 2005 – is concerning because it indicates others are being left behind as others are pushed to reach their potential.

"In recent years we've seen international league tables rank Wales as the worst schools system in the UK, and there remain ongoing issues in relation to teacher training and education standards. These failings by the Welsh Labour Government in relation to Wales’ education system have undoubtedly held some students back.

“After two years at the helm of the education system in Wales and given these are the worst results in 13 years, the Cabinet Secretary must urgently raise her game in order to secure improvements in the standard of education in our schools.”