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Even though significant progress has been made in recent years to improve Welsh school examination results, there i...
Even though significant progress has been made in recent years to improve Welsh school examination results, there is still much more to do, secretary of state for Wales William Hague said today.

Mr Hague said it wasn't good enough that seemingly around 40% of Welsh children hadn't attained the standards expected of them in the basics of literacy and numeracy and the end of primary schooling, one in nine left school without a single GCSE, A or AS level, and the level of progress towards reaching national targets for five top grade GCSEs, intermediate GNVQs and NVQs level 2 was falling consistently below that of the rest of Great Britain.

Speaking at a conference organised by the Welsh Secondary Schools Association and University of Glamorgan, the Welsh secretary said that these failures were the reason he endorsed the Welsh office's programme of education improvements set out in the 'A Bright future' document, published last April.

'This means, for example, that by the year 2000 the aim in Wales will be to ensure that schools reach high standards in the core disciplines of literacy, numeracy and science; 95% of all classes are delivered to at least satisfactory standards; 50% of classes are delivered at good or very good standards; all primary schools regularly set their own targets, notably for improvement in literacy and numeracy; all secondary schools regularly set their targets for improving achievement; at least 90% of 15-year olds achieve 5 passes at GCSE grades A to G or the vocational equivalent; and more teachers use assessment and evaluation to the benefit of teaching and learning.'
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