SCHOOLS in East Dunbartonshire have been congratulated for having the most school leavers going to positive destinations.
MSPs Rona Mackay and Gil Paterson have applauded schools in the local authority after 98.3 per cent of leavers went onto college, university, work or training.
In 2015/16, the figure stood at an impressive 97.5 per cent and in 2011/12 it was 95 per cent – showing a clear upward trend in recent years.
Out of all local authority areas in Scotland, East Dunbartonshire’s school leavers have left for the most positive destinations, it was announced on Tuesday February 27.
Ms Mackay, MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, said: “Massive congratulations are due to all of the pupils and teachers across East Dunbartonshire – this is a huge achievement.
“Our young people here are not being left behind but going into fulfilling work, study or training when leaving school. The fact there are so many opportunities is testament to the work the SNP is doing in education and the economy.
“This will pay massive dividends in improving their self-confidence and setting them up to make positive contributions to our communities as adults.”
Mr Paterson, MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, said: “To be able to go onto a positive destination after leaving school is a great boost for young people across East Dunbartonshire.
“The effort put into education by our schools in my constituency like Douglas Academy and Bearsden Academy really is showing through.
“Well done to all of those pupils and teachers who made this happen. The SNP government also deserves credit for its work in education and in running an economy to provide many of these positive destinations.”
Full Scottish Government press release and publication is available here: https://news.gov.scot/news/initial-destinations-of-senior-phase-school-leavers-1