Results have again shown the number of top A-Level grades achieved by Northern Ireland students has risen significantly, with 30.4 percent of entries achieving A* or A grades and the overall A*-E pass rate now at 98.3%.
Stephen Farry said: “For many students this will be a day of great joy, filled with hopes, dreams and expectations of what the next chapter in their education holds. For others this could be a day of uncertainty as they assess their options in moving forward.
“If you are one of those students, whose best laid plans look like they have been in vain, this is not a day to panic. Across Northern Ireland we have an excellent careers advice service ready and willing to help you take your next step. From higher education, to further education and a wide-range of apprenticeships at all levels, you will find the best fit for you.
“I want to recognise and congratulate teachers across Northern Ireland who have worked tirelessly all year to support, encourage and help our young people, and leaders of tomorrow, secure their results today.
“With Brexit still casting a dark shadow over Northern Ireland and the political fallout continuing at Stormont there are challenging times ahead, but it is important to stress the potential employment and wider career opportunities that have been and continue to be created in Northern Ireland.”