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Passes for Standard Grade and Higher results hit record high

Pass rates for Standard Grade and Higher results have hit a record high, despite a fall in the number of young people sitting exams.

The figures came as almost 160,000 people across Scotland were receiving their results in the post.

But an urgent investigation has begun after thousands of candidates were given their results yesterday by mistake by text message.

The Higher pass rate stood at 79.3%, an increase of 1.8% on the previous year, with the figure for Advanced Highers at 75.2%, up 0.5%.

The BBC's Lorna Gordon reports.