Deaf pupils doing less well in WELB schools
DEAF pupils in the Western Education and Library Board (WELB) achieve less GCSEs proportionately than their non-hearing impaired schoolmates.
New figures show that in 2007/8 less than five deaf pupils achieved at least five GCSEs (grades A-C) in WELB.
And in 2008/9 seven deaf pupils left school with five GCSEs here - just 53.8 per cent - whilst the number dropped to less than five again in 2009/10.
By comparison 2,935 (72.4 per cent) of WELB pupils, generally, achieved five GCSEs between the grades A to C.
Education Minister John O’Dowd provided the information in response to local Assembly member Pat Ramsey.
Mr Ramsey had asked hime to detail the percentage of school leavers with hearing loss/deafness who achieved at least five GCSEs at grades A* - C, broken down by Education and Library Board areas.
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