GCSE Welsh second language short course dropped

The Welsh Government says the current system for teaching Welsh in English-medium schools here "must change", and announced that the GCSE Welsh second language short course will be scrapped.

The short course has previously been criticised, for not allowing pupils to progress towards becoming strong Welsh speakers, leading to calls for it to be removed.

The Welsh Government has acknowledged standards in Welsh secondary language are not good enough. Credit: PA

Ministers are responding to the 'One language for all' report, which they commissioned in 2012 into "poor standards and low attainment" in Welsh at secondary school.

The Welsh Government also said today that it would look to promote Welsh as an important skill for the workplace, work to ensure that revised GCSE, AS and A Level Welsh second language qualifications are appropriate, and monitor the availability and take-up of AS and A level Welsh second language.