§ Mr. Ashley
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will give the percentage of all children in the relevant age group who obtain certificate of secondary education or O-levels.
§ Mr. Van Straubenzee
In 1970–71 about 41 per cent. of the age group gained one or more GCE Ordinary level passes or were awarded Grade 1 in one or more subjects in the CSE examination. The proportion of all school-leavers who left in 1969–70 with one or more O-levels or one or more Grade 5 CSE passes or better was 54.9 per cent.