Education stats are improving

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THE NUMBER of people in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East without any academic qualifications has dropped, but remains above the national average.

A report from the university and colleges union states 13 per cent of 2011 adults aged 16-64 in this Westminster constituency of Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East are without qualifications while the national average figure is 10.7 per cent. However this constituency is performing better than other parts of North Lanarkshire, with Airdrie and Shotts being the worst performer in Scotland outside Glasgow.”

Jane Liddell, North Lanarkshire Council’s head of education, said: “The findings of this report relate to adults aged 16 to 64 with no qualifications.

“In North Lanarkshire we continue to make year-on-year improvements in the number of pupils leaving school with either academic qualifications or vocational ones.

“These improvements are down to the considerable hard work of our pupils and teachers. In addition, the number of pupils from North Lanarkshire leaving school and moving on to education, employment or training is at a five year record high.

“Between 1 August 2011 and 31 July 2012, 3519 pupils left school and 3074 (87.4%) were successful in moving to a positive destination.”