than two weeks for each of the 270 victims killed when Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed in 1988. The attack was the UKs worst terror strike. Some victims were British but most were American. A lawyer for the Libyan government said al- Megrahi was being rightly released on compassionate grounds, as he is suffering from terminal cancer. When asked whether British oil companies could benefit from his release, lawyer Saad Djebbar said: The SNP government has done the UK a great favour because Britain and Scotland will grow in the eyes of the Arab street. He added: There are reasons for compassionate grounds. This man was wrongly convicted. Many people now doubt al-Megrahis involvement in the bombing, and think he was made a scapegoat. But US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had called on Mr MacAskill to keep al-Megrahi in jail to complete his life sentence for the attack. In Britain, the mother of PC Yvonne Fletcher, who was killed in a shooting at the Libyan embassy in London in 1984, said she was sickened by any repatriation deal. Mr MacAskill had been considering either moving al-Megrahi to a Libyan jail or releasing him early. London Lite Thursday, 20 August 2009 Exam board figurEs show succEss ratE is up to 97.5% ReleaseisdoingtheUKagreatfavour by MARK bLUNDEN E Continued from Page 1 The Old Queens head, right, is recreating the music festival, with fancy dress, Beans On Toast and Smokey Angle Shades covering classics from The Who, Jimi hendrix and more, plus DJs. Free drinks all night for anyone who can prove they were at the original. The Old Queens Head, 44 Essex Road, N1, 8pm-1am, free Must... relive Woodstock 40 years on tonight! EDUcAtioN: PAgEs 24-29 nAMONG the students celebrating today is east London teenager George Weller. The 18-year- old grew up surrounded by poverty but today won a place at Cambridge University after being among the first to benefit from a partnership between Kingsford Community School in Beckton and private Brighton College. He is going to Emmanuel College to study natural sciences having got As in chemistry, biology, maths and further maths. George, from Plaistow, said: You think theyll look down on you. But when I went to visit and everyone was very welcoming. Brighton College head Richard Cairns said: George has shown the sky is the limit for every child in east London. students hitanew record in passes TEENAGERS scored record A-level results today as the pass rate rose for the 27th year in a row. Only 2.5 per cent of exams -- one in 40 -- were failed while more than a quarter were awarded A grades. But the unprecedented success rates left tens of thousands who missed the grades they needed for university facing a scramble for the last remaining places. Results, released today by exam boards, showed that the pass rate rose again to 97.5 per cent. The 26.7 per cent of A-level exams awarded the top A grade was up from 25.9 per cent last year. For the first time more than three quarters of A-level entries were awarded at least a C grade, with more than half receiving a B. And 11.7 per cent of grades for the new A-level extended project -- intended to encourage independ- ent scholarship -- were awarded the new A* grade for the first time. Exam chiefs claimed subjects often seen as being more difficult, such as physics and chemistry, were making a comeback with more students taking them this year. But French and German contin- ued their decline as pupils shun traditional foreign languages. Boys narrowed the gap slightly with girls but were still behind overall. Jim Sinclair, director of the Joint Council for Qualifications, which published the results, said the record grades were the result of the hard work of students and teachers, who deserve to be congratulated. However, universities warned that thousands of students face a fight to find a place. One in seven candi- dates will have to turn to the clear- ing process which matches students to course vacancies. Admissions service Ucas said a record 371,000 university applicants have had places confirmed. Chief executive Anthony McClaran added: Clearing is competitive but stu- dents who achieve the grades asked for under the terms of their offers will be guaranteed a place. There are more than 60,000 extra candidates and 13,000 additional places at university this year. A record 600,000 applications were made overall as mature students made redundant in the recession fuelled demand for degrees. Last year 44,000 university places were filled through clearing. 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