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Still tough at the bottom

The proportion of Glasgow pupils who leave school without qualifications has barely changed in the past five years. New figures, broken down for each of the city's 10 parliamentary constituencies, show a range of 7 to 13 per cent of pupils leaving last year with no Standard grade or equivalent qualifications, compared to a national average of 4 per cent.

The range five years ago was from 6 to 17 per cent, against a Scottish figure of 5 per cent. While the position in Glasgow Springburn has improved over the period, with the proportion of leavers who have no qualifications falling from 17 per cent to 13 per cent, it remains the constituency with the worst record.

The figures were disclosed in a written answer from Peter Peacock, Education Minister, to Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP's Holyrood leader.

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