Trevor Lunn MLA said: “While this report has found a slight increase in the amount of pupils achieving five or more good GCSEs, it does show that drastic action is needed to improve schools that are currently failing. Northern Ireland usually produces some of the best exam results in the UK, but we are failing those children who come through our education system without adequate qualifications.
“The Education Minister must act on this report and ensure that every school delivers results for all pupils. Every pupil deserves to be given the same level of opportunity at school.
“While this report highlights where improvement could be made, I believe our teachers are doing a great job and hope that they are given greater support to further improve results.”