Reading between the lines: Whilst Penarth pupils did well in the GCSEs, the rest of Wales didn’t close that gap with England.
Penarth Assembly Member and Leader of Conservatives in the National Assembly, Andrew R T Davies has congratulated students and teachers in the town and across the Vale of Glamorgan on yesterday’s GCSE results.
Stanwell School students picking up their GCSE results yesterday
As reported by PDN yesterday Stanwell School was the best-performing secondary school in the Vale with 87 per cent of pupils achieving A-Star to C grades (up from 82 per cent last year) whilst St Cyres delivered a remarkable 12% increase in its pass rate. But most schools in Wales didn’t do so well.
Today Andrew R T Davies has congratulated Vale pupils and teachers but has lambasted the Labour-controlled Welsh Assembly Government – which is in charge of education in Wales – for their “inability to sufficiently raise Wales-wide results and fulfil their vocal commitments on GCSEs.”
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First Minister for Wales Carwyn Jones, Leader of the Welsh Labour Party
The Welsh Government First Minister Carwyn Jones (Labour Bridgend) had said in the Welsh Assembly this year “We’re in a good position this summer to be on a par and, we hope, doing better than England when it comes to GCSEs”.
Welsh Government Minister Huw Lewis is in charge of the education of all children who attend state-schools in Wales
Last month the Welsh Government’s beleaguered Education Minister and Penarth resident Huw Davies (Labour Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney) went even further and said ” I wonder whether, this summer, we’ll see that gap close to nothing, or even, and it’s quite conceivable, that Wales overtakes England in terms of attainment at GCSE.”
Both the Labour First Minister and the Labour Education Minister turned out to be totally wrong . The GCSE results show that the so-called “achievement cap” between Wales and England has actually widened.
Andrew R T Davies said “Whilst many families celebrate and consider their children’s futures, it is also now the duty of Labour ministers to concede their failures and consider their mistakes.”
Penarth Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies
Davies says “Overall results across Wales are – regrettably – still lagging behind England. In fact, the attainment gap has widened. That’s despite clear promises from Labour’s First Minister to turn performance around and challenge – and surpass – English results.
“Carwyn Jones” – Davies says – “has failed in that commitment and in doing so, he has failed students in their efforts to get higher, and more consistent, grades across the country. Even he has admitted his party has taken its eye off the ball on education since it took up the Welsh reins in 1999. A different approach and effective progress are now desperately required “
Davies is now demanding that First Minister Carwyn Jones and Education Minister Huw Lewis make an urgent statement on the GCSE results for Wales as whole.