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Students across Scotland achieved a record 156,000 Higher passes this year – up 5.5 per cent on 2014.
Figures released by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) show attainment is again high this year.
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"Scotland has seen record numbers of Higher and Advanced Higher passes. Students are performing particularly well in English and in modern languages."
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has welcomed the news that carrier bag usage was reduced by 147 million in 2014, despite the charge on single use carrier bags only being in place for the last 11 weeks of the year.
People across Scotland are being asked to take part in a national discussion about how the country can be a fairer and more equal place to live.
Have your say on what a fairer Scotland should look like in 2030, and the steps that should be taken to make this vision a reality.
Take part at www.fairer.scot or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The First Minister and the Prime Minister met for the first time since the General Election at Bute House in Edinburgh to discuss more powers for the Scottish Parliament.
"David Cameron and I don't agree politically but we are determined to seek to work together for the interest of the people we represent."
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Page updated: Tuesday, August 04, 2015