Fewer college students in Scotland have handed their Highers and Nationwide 5s than final 12 months regardless of exams being cancelled for a second time because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In whole 87.3% of pupils achieved an A to C grade of their Highers, in comparison with 89.3% in 2020.
There was additionally a decrease go price for Superior Highers – 90.2% this 12 months in comparison with 93.1% final 12 months – and Nationwide 5s – 85.8% this 12 months in comparison with 89% final 12 months.
However regardless of being decrease than final 12 months’s, the 2021 go price is larger in any respect ranges than it was earlier than the pandemic in 2019.
Nationwide 5s are the Scottish equal of GCSEs, whereas pupils take Highers and Superior Highers of their final two years of college.
Outcomes this 12 months have been based mostly on lecturers’ judgments beneath a system known as the choice certification mannequin.
An identical trainer evaluation scheme was put in place in England, Wales and Northern Eire after exams have been cancelled, however grades have been overwhelmingly higher there.
It got here after the federal government was pressured to U-turn on the algorithm it deliberate to introduce as an alternative of exams in 2020.
There was outrage from pupils and fogeys, with some threatening authorized motion, after greater than 120,000 outcomes have been downgraded final 12 months.
Regardless of the drop in go price in Scotland, schooling secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville mentioned they have been have been a “sturdy set of outcomes… achieved beneath extraordinary circumstances”.
“It has been one of many hardest tutorial years we have ever identified, with the pandemic throwing important challenges at our younger folks,” she mentioned.
“So, to have this many learners receiving certificates and for the variety of passes at Increased and Superior Increased to be so excessive is unimaginable.”