Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Minister Aled Roberts AM writes following today's AS and A level results...
This year’s results are a testament to the hard work being put in by students and teachers alike; I congratulate them all on their efforts.
Today marks the start of a new chapter in the lives of our students and I wish them well for the future.
In general, whilst today’s increase in A* passes is encouraging in the longer term, Wales is still short of the UK average which is extremely disappointing. Continued investment in education through initiatives such as the Pupil Deprivation Grant will help to raise overall attainment and ensure that more young people achieve their educational ambitions.
The grading of the Welsh Baccalaureate is very welcome and its acceptance in universities throughout the UK is a mark of confidence.
We are still seeing too many differences between the achievements of girls and boys, with girls out-performing the boys overall at A* – E grades and I am particularly concerned with the fall in A-grade passes in Welsh which I will be expecting the Education Minister to take steps to reverse.
However, today is a day for students and teachers to reflect on the commitment and determination they have put in over the years and to celebrate their achievements.