HC Deb 28 January 1960 vol 616 cc58-9W
72. Mr. Swingler

asked the Minister of Education if he will now state the number and proportion of secondary modern schools entering candidates for the General Certificate of Education in 1959, the number of candidates who sat for the examination, the average number of subjects taken, and the average number of passes gained.

Sir D. Eccles

Provisional returns show that in the summer of 1959 15,480 candidates from 970 secondary modern schools—just over a quarter of all secondary modern schools—sat for the General Certificate of Education at Ordinary level. The average number of subjects offered was 3.9, the average number passed, 1.9.