KIDS SEE EASTERN PROMISE; They plan careers in China.
A GROWING number of Scottish high-school pupils are focusing their future careers on China.
This year's exam results included the first ever passes in Mandarin and Cantonese at Higher and Advanced Higher level, the Scott ish Qualifications Authority announced yesterday.
The courses were introduced after a steady increase in interest in the languages at lower levels.
In the past year, 244 students chose to learn the languages of the booming economic giant.
A total of 39 pupils sat exams in Chinese languages at Higher level or above and all received passes. Another 205 were presented for lower levels, of whom 166 passed.
This year's results did not show a sharp increase or decrease in overall performance but 106 students were granted prestigious new Scottish Baccalaureate qualifications.
The award is given to top pupils who pass Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications in a cluster of similar subjects. They need passes in at least two Advanced Highers and one Higher in the eligible courses, as well as a pass in a separate subject.
More than 160,000 candidates received their results this week.
The Advanced Higher pass rate was 77.5 per cent, which was down 0.3 percentage points on last year.
The rest of the results were: Higher - 74.6 per cent (up 0.4); Intermediate 2 - 79.1 per cent (up one); Intermediate 1 - 72.7 per cent (down 0.7); Standard Grade - 98.5 per cent (no change), of which 46.6 per cent (up 0.7) achieved Credit level, 40.3 per cent (down 0.5) achieved General level and 11.6 per cent (down 0.1) achieved Foundation level; Access 3 - 90.9 per cent (up 3.6); Access 2 - 62.8 per cent (down 0.7).