But if the figures are otherwise reliable, they do reveal as unsatisfactory a picture as the Education Minister has confirmed. It is disquieting to learn, for example, that nearly all P3 pupils get to their required level A in maths while barely half scrape through to level E in S2. That is a major cause for concern. Like many of the 5-14 figures, however, it begs more questions than it answers. Is the difference due to teaching, to the problems of secondary transition - or to the nature of the levels? Perhaps we will be told.