No mistake in statistics
There has been a substantial drop between 1976 and 1998 in the number of modern languages presentations at Higher grade in S5 as a percentage of the following base populations: S4 cohort (12.5 per cent to 8.1 per cent); those choosing to stay on to S5 (34 per cent to 12 per cent); those taking at least one Higher (39 per cent to 16 per cent); those taking at least three Highers (52 per cent to 24 per cent).
Your report quotes a suggestion that "Scottish Office statistics offer a consistently negative view of education". Colleagues across the Government Statistical Service take very seriously their obligation to provide objective and balanced statistical information.
Colin MacLean, Chief Statistician, Scottish Office, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh