Test results received by pupils in Dumfries and Galloway shouldn't be compared to last year's, because of changes to the system, according to the Chairman of the Council's Education Committee.
Councillor Jeff Leaver says the S4 results shouldn't be compared to previous years, but that in other categories schools and colleges in the region have improved:
Given the significant changes made to the exam system by the Scottish Government, this year’s S4 results can’t be compared with previous years as new exams and structures apply and these results will, therefore, need more time to assess.
However, in those areas which are directly comparable with previous years there has again been a very positive rise in attainment. For S5/S6 Highers and Advanced Highers there is an improvement in 6 out of 7 measures. So, I’d like to say well done to our pupils and thank you to our staff.”
Political Editor Peter MacMahon says some eyebrows have been raised by today's results for the new Higher exams.
The number of passes was up more than five percent on the previous year. But critics question the fairness of the new system.