§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many pupils have availed themselves of the optional fourth year at secondary school in each year since the introduction of a fourth year; and what proportion this represents of all pupils eligible.
§ Mr. Ross
The following table shows (a) the total number of pupils in the fourth year of secondary courses in January of each year since the Ordinary grade examination of the Scottish Certificate of Education was introduced in 1962, and (b) the proportion this represents of the number in the third year in the preceding session.
Year Number in fourth year of secondary courses (a) (a) as a percentage of the number in the third year in the preceding session (b) 1962 … 21,779 33 1963 … 27,071 37 1964 … 28,208 42