Welsh Conservative MP Alun Cairns described Wales' PISA results as 'nothing short of a scandal' and said that 'parents across Wales are genuinely worried about their children's education.'
Education Secretary Michael Gove said that Wales was like a 'control sample' in an experiment, saying that Wales is
The Acting Director of the National Association of Head Teachers says Wales must pull together in the wake of its poor PISA results.
UK Education Secretary Michael Gove has pinned the blame for Wales' poor performance in the PISA results on Labour Welsh Governments. He told MPs that 'if you want to know what our education system would look like [under Labour] you only need to look over the Severn Bridge.'
But Labour MP Huw Irranca-Davies criticised the Education Secretary for that response. The Ogmore MP said there are failings in all parts of the UK and to 'make political capital... is the wrong approach.'
Welsh Conservative MP Guto Bebb asked Michael Gove if he blamed 'a £600 per head funding gap or a Labour [Welsh] government which has accepted teaching unions' dogma.' The Education Secretary said simply, 'both.'
Shadow Education Minister Angela Burns says the PISA figures are 'appallingly low.' The Conservative AM said they forecast a 'dreadful future' and make it 'a terrible time to be a teenager here in Wales.'
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.'
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.
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.