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Welsh schools 'making solid progress'

29/11/2013 Joanna
Welsh secondary schools are showing signs of making solid improvements across the board. 

Recent data released by the Welsh government shows that 52.7 per cent of 15 year olds in the country achieved a GCSE grade A* to C in English or Welsh first language and mathematics in 2012-13.

This represents an all-time high and an increase of 1.6 percentage points on the figure from the previous academic year. 

Minister for education and skills Huw Lewis said it is clear to see progress has been made in recent times. 

"Despite increasingly rigorous examinations, our students' performance in GCSE and equivalent qualifications shows that the overall achievement of students in Wales has continued to improve," he added.

Part of the reason for the success is the quality of teaching on offer in schools up and down the country. However, Mr Lewis stated now is not a time for complacency, as the momentum has to be maintained. 

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