Shadow Education Minister Angela Burns AM has claimed that Leighton Andrews' announcement is 'an astonishing admission of failure'. She accused the Education Minister of a blame game, that he was saying poor standards in schools were the fault of everyone but the Welsh Government.
Labour Education Ministers have been running the Welsh education system for 15 years and must take responsibility for declining standards. Welsh Conservatives have lobbied for years for direct funding of schools to eliminate waste and deliver more cash to schools. While we welcome the Minister’s consideration of direct funding, his other plans suggest creeping centralisation of power in his hands at the expense of schools and local authorities.
Given how poor Labour’s policies and performance have been to date, we must question whether further centralisation really is the best way forward. Instead of blaming others and threatening to emasculate local authorities and centralise control, the Minister should co-operate constructively with councils and schools to share best practice and promote collaboration.
We have massive problems of underperformance in our education system, but we need a level-headed evidence-based approach to driving up standards not a bull in a china shop.
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