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General Election 'pivotal moment' for education

The Labour party says the General Election will be a pivotal moment for education here and across the UK.

Even though it's a devolved matter, the Education Minister Huw Lewis claims the election is a choice between two visions for education, arguing that the Conservatives would constrain the life chances of young people, whilst Labour would invest in them.

Are we going to continue down the road of austerity and shrink the budget for public services year on year and the inevitable fall out for that in education will be constrained life chances for our young people, or are we going to make sure that we priorities the life chances of our young people?

– Huw Lewis AM, Education Minister

The Tories meanwhile argue Labour have let down young people here, claiming Welsh schools trail behind others in Europe.

Less is spent on education here in Wales than it is in England, and that's a Labour choice to make that decision - we want to see more spent at the pupils at the sharp end so that the teachers can get the best out of those pupils.

– Alun Cairns, Conservatives

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  1. Tom Sheldrick

Politicians answer pupils' questions in Chepstow

At the last General Election, just 44 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds turned out to vote. That compares with 76 per cent of people aged over 65.

This year, to try to get more young people engaged in politics, ITV News is running the School Debate project.

Find out more about the Election 2015 School Debate

Chepstow School invited in candidates from their constituency, Monmouth, to answer questions from candidates.

Watch Tom Sheldrick's report from the school:

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