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THE immediate futures of thousands of young people on Teesside will be determined today.

Years of work will culminate in A-level results, which could mean moving on to teenagers' first choice in further education or a reassessment of what to do now.

The proportion of young people achieving top grades fell in 2012 for the first time in 20 years.

It was expected that results would remain stable this year.

The make-up of A-levels has led to much discussion over the years about whether students were benefiting from an easier test than in the past.

It is fair to analyse the level of challenge, but it is not a discussion to be had today; that would detract from the achievements of Teesside's upcoming generation.

What is important is that pupils are reaching a level which allows them to further their education and prepare themselves for a career in their chosen profession.

That, in turn, benefits business by developing a talented workforce to allow firms to confidently invest and build for the future. If more youngsters choose to develop their careers on Teesside, then all the better.

For today, however, congratulations should go to our young people; they should be justly proud for achieving the best they can.

Praise also should go to everybody who has supported them throughout their education, from teachers and school support staff to their parents and anyone else who has helped them reach the level they are at today.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 15, 2013
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