Commenting on this year's GCSE results, Justin Edwards, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland's awarding organisation, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) said:
"I wish to congratulate all students in Northern Ireland receiving their GCSE results this morning. The results are a testament to the diligence of the students and the support given to them by their teachers.
This year's results show a steady improvement in A* - C grades. Importantly the grades in English and Mathematics have continued to build on the good performance of recent years.
The general pattern of growth in STEM subjects that emerged last week at A level is repeated in today's GCSE figures. This is underpinned by notable growth in Mathematics and ICT.
It's also encouraging to see the improved performance of males this year, closing the gender gap at grades A* - C."
The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) has set up a dedicated examinations helpline which offers advice and guidance for the thousands of students receiving GCSE results.
The helpline will be in operation from 9am until 5pm until Friday 28 August. Anyone with queries regarding CCEA's examination results can call 028 9026 1260, email email@example.com, or search for answers from the Frequently Asked Questions section.
GCE & GCSE Results Day 2015
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