§ 17. Mr. Eadie
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many presentations there were for "O" level examinations in England and Wales, shown as a percentage of the school populations, in the years 1962 to 1968, respectively; and in the same period what was the percentage of passes.
§ Mr. Edward Short
With permission, I will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT 565 figures for subject entries, the percentage of passes, and the number of candidates from schools, in the period 1962 to 1967. The figures show a steadily rising percentage of passes.
§ Mr. Eadie
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the introduction of comprehensive education has widened the gateway to educational opportunity for our children? Does he further agree that it is now a fact, not an assertion, that there has been a tremendous increase in the number of children making presentations for and obtaining passes in the "O" level certificate qualification?
§ Mr. Short
I agree with my hon. Friend that the introduction of comprehensive schools throughout the country has made a dramatic change in the numbers of students who take the "O" and "A" level examinations. It will be one of the factors in the great explosion of demand for higher education in the early 1970s.
§ Mr. Scott-Hopkins
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether there has been any significant change in the numbers taking "'O" levels as between the sciences and the arts?
§ Following is the information:
|G.C.E. "O" LEVEL (SUMMER EXAMINATIONS): ALL CANDIDATES|
|G.C.E. "O" LEVEL (SUMMER EXAMINATIONS)|
|Number of school candidates|
§ Figures for 1968 are not yet available.