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Leaving Certificate Examinations (Scotland)

Volume 65: debated on Thursday 30 July 1914

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asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he can say when the results of the leaving certificate examinations are to be announced; whether he is aware that the holidays have been entered upon without their being announced; and whether in future the date of the examination will be adjusted to enable the result to be announced prior to the holidays?

The results (in whole or in part) of the leaving certificate examination have been issued for upwards of 250 schools and further results are being intimated daily. The Department regret that in many cases it has not been possible, consistently with a proper consideration of the candidates' claims, to determine the results before the commencement of the holidays. But they are satisfied that the suggested alternative of an earlier date for the written portion of the examination is not one that would commend itself to school authorities generally.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that without the information many of the candidates for bursaries cannot make their applications, and will he therefore expedite the remaining results?

That is so; but I think my hon. Friend is aware that more than the results of the examination have to be considered.