THE MEMBER of the Scottish Parliament for Clydebank and Milngavie has welcomed exam results in his constituency.
Gil Paterson MSP commented on the results across the two local authorities he represents in, East Dunbartonshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Council.
On West Dunbartonshire's results, the veteran MSP said: "Congratulations to the pupils and teachers in Clydebank and West Dunbartonshire for their results and efforts. A total of 98 per cent of pupils achieving a pass is excellent news.
"I am especially pleased as this was done during a year of turmoil - as the council forced experienced teaching staff into multiple days of strike during a critical time for school students.
"However, we have seen the higher pass rate remain at 75 per cent, and this lack of improvement may be down to the disruption to lessons - even though higher history and accounting passes have seen a surge in Clydebank.
"In light of this, I am interested in how our young people performed in core areas, like English and Maths. I hope the council is not cherry-picking statistics and the breakdown of results are published soon."
East Dunbartonshire's results have been on an upward trend.
Gil said: "I am very pleased at these results, East Dunbartonshire is clearly a region of young achievers and talented teaching staff.
"I am proud to represent these young people in the Scottish Parliament and wish those moving on from school to new jobs, college and university all the best for the future."
Press releases prepared by Alan Ferguson, Gil Paterson MSP's communications manager, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07342 061722..