The seamless one-party state – stitched-up by the Labour Party in Wales – has once again ensured that Wales continues to have the worst education system anywhere in the UK.
Labour controls the Vale of Glamorgan Council – (the local education authority running Penarth schools) and controls the Welsh Government in the National Assembly which is in charge of education throughout Wales .
Once again Labour’s inherent inability to run the education system properly has been highlighted in the latest internationally recognised PISA tests which compares the performance of school pupils in Wales with those in other countries around the world
The PISA tests are taken by 15-year-olds every 3 years and this is the fourth time in succession that Wales has come bottom of the UK league-table. The results – released this morning – again show that schoolchildren in Wales are continuing to underperform those in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
In MATHS the results were
- England 493
- Northern Ireland 493
- Scotland 491
- Wales 478
In READING the results were
- England 500
- Northern Ireland 497
- Scotland 493
- Wales 478
In SCIENCE the results were
- England 512
- Northern Ireland 500
- Scotland 497
- Wales 485
The continuing underperformance of the education system in Wales is the direct responsibility of a succession of Welsh Government Education ministers all of whom were proved to be patently unable to improve the performance of schools in Wales.
At the time the latest tests were taken the Welsh Government Education Minister was Penarth resident Huw Lewis – but he quit as an Assembly Member in April and did not stand for re-election in this year’s Welsh Assembly Elections.
The current Welsh Government Education Secretary is the only Lib Dem AM that’s left in the Welsh Assembly – Kirsty Williams.
Today she said : “We can all agree we are not yet where we want to be. While we have seen a 10 point lift in our maths score, the results for science are disappointing.”
“Last month I invited the OECD to look at how we are doing in Wales; their advice to me was unambiguous: Stay the course, be brave, you are doing the right things.”
Opponents however. were excoriating in their criticism of the Welsh Labour Government – past and present.
- The Welsh Conservatives education spokesman Darren Millar said the PISA results represented a “scandal of monumental proportions”. He said “In spite of all the tough talking and promises to do better from the First Minister, today’s figures place us, yet again, in the bottom half of the global education league table and re-confirm Wales’ status as the worst performing school system in the UK.”
- Plaid Cymru Education spokesman Llyr Gruffydd AM said the results showed Labour had “failed, failed and failed again when it comes to our children’s futures”.
- Mark Williams MP, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, called the results “extremely disappointing but sadly not a surprise “.
Whether or not the Welsh Labour Government’s and Kirsty Williams’s latest policies actually work or not won’t be revealed until results of the next set of PISA tests come out in December 2019.