Worst ever results recorded for state school leaving exams

Results from school leaving exams are the worst this year since the new system was introduced in 2011. The overall failure rate climbed to 18.7 percent of those taking the exams for the first time. That compares with the 16.2 percent failure rate from 2013 according to centre which prepares the exams. The worst results were for mathematics, with around a quarter of pupils failing, and German, where around one in five failed to reach the required level. Around 10 percent of pupils failed to pass in English.