HC Deb 13 November 1969 vol 791 cc601-2
20. Mrs. Renee Short

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many O and A level passes in the General Certificate of Education examination were obtained by pupils in secondary schools in 1963 and 1968, respectively; and how many of these were obtained by pupils in comprehensive schools.

Miss Bacon

The number of G.C.E. Olevel passes obtained by school-leavers in maintained secondary schools rose from 750,550 in 1962–63 to 860,220 in 1967–68; the number of A-level passes from 104,720 to 162,100. In comprehensive schools alone, the comparable figures were, for A-level from 35,070 to 150,040; for A-level from 3,720 to 27,430.


I am very grateful for that reply. Does not the evidence my right hon. Friend has put forward damn for ever the flat-earth opposition of the principle of comprehensive education?

Miss Bacon

I agree

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