AMONGST the young people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receiving their GCSE results on Thursday (August 21) was one particularly special pupil, Nobel Peace Prize winner and education campaigner Malala Yousafzai.
The 18-year-old’s proud dad shared her excellent results on Twitter, writing: “My wife Toor Pekai and I are proud of Malala getting 6A*s and 4As. #education for every child.”
Malala survived being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, punishment for her outspoken calls for an equal right to education for young women, and after life-saving treatment in Pakistan and the UK, she now attends Edgbaston High School in Birmingham. In 2014, she became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel award for her brave and continuing campaigning.
For pupils across the country, passes were up very slightly on last year’s results, with 69 per cent gaining C to A* grades, as compared to 68.8 per cent in 2014. The number of A* results saw a minor drop, down 0.1 per cent.
Pupils in Northern Ireland received the best results, where the number achieving A* to C grades rose by 0.7 per cent to 78.7 per cent.