Commenting on the recent analysis of the 2019 school exam results, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:

“Any snapshot indicating a single-year dip in exam passes will prompt concern, but it is important to look at the wider context – including such variables as different pupil cohorts in each year and also to balance dips against improvements in some qualifications and at various levels of presentation.”

“Focusing solely on Higher passes alone, for example, is an unhealthy and unhelpful fixation. The EIS would like to see an evaluation of the impact of longer exams on pupil performance but overall we believe that schools and teachers deliver well for students, especially in a period of ongoing austerity and budget cuts.”

“The forthcoming review of the senior phase offers an opportunity to ensure that schools are properly supported to deliver for students.”