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Letter: Exam success.

Sir - Candidates, and their teachers, deserve congratulations for the superb pass rate at this year's A-level examinations. Twenty years ago, when entries were from only the most able one third of the school population, the pass rate was only 70%. Now, with a wider range of abilities entering, it is over 97%.

Let us not forget the unsung heroes in this: the one out of every 35 candidates who didn't achieve pass standard. Without their efforts, the passes gained by the others would be meaningless. This elite, tiny minority is now an endangered species: year by year their numbers decrease. If the trend of the past 20 years continues, the WJEC may soon be the first exam board to achieve a 100% pass rate.

What improvement can follow that? Can we foresee the day when candidates will pass exams without the formality of actually entering?

DAVID GWYN WATTS

Priory Road, Milford Haven, Pembs
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 18, 2007
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