§ 8. Mr. J. E. B. Hill
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of accepted candidates for three-year courses at colleges of education had two or more General Certificate of Education A-levels in 1968 and in each of the three preceding years.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
The provisional figure for 1968 is 37.0 per cent. The corresponding percentages for 1965, 1966 and 1967 are 38.2, 37.1 and 36.8, respectively.
§ Mrs. Williams
This has been a very steady trend, and those who say that more means worse must face the fact that the proportion of "A" levels in all sections of higher education has been fully maintained, despite the growth in numbers.