Plaid Cymru has pledged to cut red tape for teachers to allow them to concentrate on teaching with minimal bureaucracy. Education spokesman Simon Thomas told the party's conference a future Plaid Welsh Government would give schools more freedom.
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.'
Plaid Cymru's Education Spokesperson, Simon Thomas, says these new figures show that the way students and universities are funded is unsustainable in the long term.
Plaid Cymru AM Simon Thomas was an adviser to the One Wales coalition government which introduced the cap on tuition fees in Wales. But he says the Wales Audit Office report calls into question the policy's long-term affordability.
Plaid Cymru's Education spokesman says his party wants to engage with the review of higher education funding and student finance announced by the Education Minister. But Simon Thomas says the review should report before the Welsh Election in 2016 and not after it as currently planned.
And he rejected the suggestion that by engaging with it, Plaid is allowing Labour to put off making its own policy clear until after the election.
Plaid Cymru's Education Spokesman has welcomed the Education Minister's announcement of review into the funding of universities and student finances. But Simon Thomas says the review is an attempt to deal with 'shortcomings' in the Welsh Government's policy.
Plaid Cymru has weighed into a row between Welsh Labour and the Welsh Conservatives over a delayed decision on tax and borrowing powers. Plaid AM Simon Thomas called the argument between Tory leader Andrew RT Davies and Labour AM Mike Hedges 'a unionist spat' and added:
Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies has claimed that Leighton Andrews had to resign after first campaigning against a reduction in services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and then urging Rhondda Cynon Taff Council to look again at plans to close a school in his constituency.
Plaid Cymru's education spokesperson Simon Thomas had already called for the Education Minister to lose his role in deciding appeals against school closures on the grounds he had damaged his impartiality.
Plaid Cymru has welcomed the Welsh Government's move to introduce an independent panel to limit the pay of council chief executives. The move is contained in an amendment tabled by the Local Government minister to the local democracy bill.
All three opposition parties had joined forces to force the u-turn by the Welsh Government by threatening to vote against the bill. Plaid's Simon Thomas confirmed that his party will support the legislation and has confidence that the independent panel will keep salary levels down.
He also dismissed warnings from the Welsh Local Government Association that the move could lead to legal challenges. He said the WLGA had been 'defending the indefensible' and hoped that, after 'an initial flurry of huffing and puffing' it would offer leadership.