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Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Aled Roberts says 'every year of failure' in the education system represents 'a group of youngsters who themselves have been failed.'
He was responding to international PISA figures showing how Wales has performed compared to other nations.
Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams says the PISA figures for Wales are 'a source of embarrassment.'
– Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader
It's a disgrace. What people will hear about Wales today [in the rest of the UK and the rest of the world] is that we have got an education system that is not as good as it should be. That's what people will know about Wales today and that should be a source of embarrassment to the Welsh Government.
Wales risks being left behind the rest of the UK in terms of future employment and prosperity, according to the Welsh Secretary. David Jones was responding to the publication of international figures showing pupils in Wales performing worse than in England and Scotland.
Today’s figures are extremely disappointing, and highlight the important challenge that the Wales – and the UK as a whole – faces to ensure our young people are equipped with the tools they need to shine in the competitive employment market.
We are living in an increasingly competitive world and if Wales is to succeed in the global race, we will need more scientists, engineers, and young people who are equipped with the skills to put them at the front of the queue.
– David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales
Most importantly, we need to inspire them to pursue their ambitions. Today’s worrying figures do very little to help us achieve that aim.
It is vitally important that the Welsh Government now seeks to address these serious educational deficiencies and give the young aspirational people of Wales the skills they need to succeed.
Plaid Cymru's Education Spokesperson, Simon Thomas, says today's PISA figures show that 'something is going wrong in our education system.' He also says the Welsh Government's aim of getting into PISA's top 20 by 2014 is 'completely unrealistic.'
Education Minister Huw Lewis will face an urgent question in the Senedd this afternoon following the publication of the PISA results. The Assembly Commission has confirmed the urgent question tabled by Liberal Democrat Aled Roberts has been accepted by Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers in Wales has described the PISA results as 'grim', but said changing policy could be perilous.
– Dr. Philip Dixon, Director of ATL Cymru
We should not pretend that this result is anything but bad news. While we have shown a modest improvement in our score for reading, the continued drop in maths results is very concerning and the dip in science results is deeply disturbing. There is still a great deal to do before Wales achieves the UK average, let alone becomes one of the top twenty nations.
However, given that the opening decade of devolution was characterised by denial, drift, and dither it would have been ludicrous to assume that our position could have been turned around in just two years.
Dr Dixon added: "Since [the last PISA results] the right policies and the right focus have been put in place. Literacy and numeracy have been made key priorities, and national frameworks and structures set up to support them.
"Those have not yet had time to make a real impact. They will, and we must give them time to work. The Pisa results are grim but we change course now at our peril."
The Institute of Directors has described Wales' PISA results as 'depressing', 'damning' and 'gravely concerning'.
– Robert Lloyd Griffiths, Director Wales, Institute of Directors
Wales' results are bitterly disappointing, as a modern economy needs well-educated, numerate and literate individuals coming through its education system in order to gain the competitive advantage on the unforgiving global stage.
Countries with an unrelenting focus on the quality and rigour of its education system will be the ones who win that race.
Unfortunately, thanks to historic complacency, the UK appears to have its feet shackled at the starting line.
These figures quite clearly demonstrate that we are at a considerable disadvantage here in Wales and this causes us grave concern.
He added: "Too frequently, impressive examination results have acted as a false barometer of actual attainment and competence.
"This deceit carries with it a heavy social and economic cost, as hundreds of thousands of school leavers seek to enter the workplace without the basic levels of literacy and numeracy.
"Radical decisions are needed to remedy this situation and to ensure improvements."
Education Minister Huw Lewis has responded to the publication of the PISA international education league tables:
Today’s results are disappointing and show we’ve still got a way to go before we close the gap with the OECD’s best performing countries. There are signs of some progress in reading, but significant improvement was never likely at this stage.
Everybody working in and around the Welsh Education sector needs to take a long hard look in the mirror this week. The PISA results are stark and the message is very clear, we must improve educational attainment and standards right across the board.
I am confident that the measures we’ve put in place since the last set of PISA results are the right way forward for Wales and we won’t be distracted from delivering them. Today’s news simply reinforces our case for the ambitious reforms we have already developed and everyone across the education sector in Wales now needs to play their part.
Through the new reading and numeracy tests, secondary school banding, extra funding for new schools and more rigorous qualifications system we are changing the way education is done in Wales, but it will take time to have a significant impact.
– Huw Lewis AM, Education Minister
There are no quick fixes. I expect to see the impact of our reforms reflected in the next set of results. They’re ambitious and I believe they will have a lasting, sustainable and positive effect on education in Wales.
I hope this set of results strengthens the education sector in Wales’ resolve to improve our PISA performance in 2015. We owe young people in Wales nothing less than the best.
Professor David Egan, Professor of Welsh Education Policy, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and a former adviser to the Welsh Government, said there are cultural reasons why Welsh pupils are struggling - particularly in terms of the strong relationship between poverty and attainment here.
"Yes, young people need to work harder, we need better quality teaching, local authorities and a Welsh Government that is more focused on those issues - but I think we also need to look at the social issues", he said.
"Quite clearly some of these other countries topping the PISA league tables that have as much disadvantage, as much poverty, as we do - seem to overcome that. Everybody buys into the idea that doing well has got to be a good thing to do."