Science and maths GCSE grades drop
SCIENCE and maths grades in Wales have fallen following changes to the exams.
Some pass rates have falled by several percentage points.
But overall pass rates across all subjects in Wales remained stable at 98.7 per cent while the gap between top grade pass rates between Wales and other UK nations narrowed.
Huw Lewis, Education Minister, said: “Our work to build on the rigour of qualifications remains a key element of our agenda to raise standards in Welsh education.
“Despite rigorous tests our students’ performance in GCSEs shows that the overall pass rate remains stable at a high 98.7 per cent, with passes at A*-C at 65.7 per cent which is encouraging.”
Pass rates at grade C or above for science fell from 57.3 per cent in 2012 to 51.2 per cent in 2013, similar to a drop seen for the UK as a whole.
In maths, 52.8 per cent of candidates achieved a grade C or above, compared with 55.5 per cent in 2012.
This year pupils in Wales sat a different English paper to pupils in England which was also marked in a slightly different way, following a row last year about grade boundaries.
An extra 5,455 pupils sat the English exam in Wales this year - up 15.4 per cent - with a fall in pass rates at Grade C or above from 60.9 per cent last year to 59.6 per cent this.
Across all subjects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, pass rates graded A* to C fell 1.3 percentage points to 68.1 per cent.
And the proportion getting an A* or an A fell from 22.4 per cent to 21.3 per cent.