Trevor Lunn MLA said:”I would like to offer my congratulations to all the pupils who have received their GCSE results.
“Northern Ireland has again led the way with some of the best results in the UK. These achievements are a testament to the high standards of teaching in our schools.
“After years of hard work and study, I hope everybody has achieved the results they were after.
“Unfortunately, there will be some who did not achieve the grades they hoped for. There are a number of options available to these young people and I would urge them to contact their school or the Department for Employment and Learning’s Careers Service who will advise them on the best way forward for their particular circumstances.”