Labour Damaging the Future of Welsh Pupils
Commenting on Labour’s plans to cut the amount of Science and English offered to students in Wales, Welsh Conservative Shadow Education Minister, Laura Anne Jones MS said:
“Education in Wales is in crisis and it is important that we get it right here in Wales with the attainment gap growing and funding slashed in real terms by the Labour Government. However, with the shake up in what exams will look like going forward, I cannot see how this will be advantageous to pupils in Wales.
“I challenged the Education Minister today in the Senedd on his ludicrous plans that will result in fewer opportunities for students in Wales compared with those over the border. Science, Technology,
Engineering and Maths are of utmost importance, as they will be the jobs of the future. So why is the Labour Government taking away learners’ choice to do the maximum number of hours of science by taking away the opportunity to do separate sciences?
Nevertheless, it’s being ploughed ahead against the consultation and against expert advice.
“In addition to this, during the consultation, the proposal of combining English Literature and Language received the most backlash with over 56% of people disagreeing with this idea. Nevertheless, it’s being ploughed ahead against the consultation and against expert advice. Labour are damaging our children’s future and has put no thought into how it will disadvantage them in the jobs market and limit their university opportunities. Today, the Labour Minister has failed to reassure me that Labour are doing what’s right for our learners in Wales.”
But fear not there will be more support available in schools for learning Welsh
The Education and Welsh Language Minister Jeremy Miles has announced free Welsh lessons will be extended to the entire education workforce, including non-teaching staff for the first time. Alongside this, a new framework for Welsh in English medium schools has been published, underlining how the language is integral to the new Curriculum for Wales.