ARGUS COMMENT: Time to stop education changes?
Updated 1:53pm Thursday 13th March 2014 in News
ANOTHER day, another review into some aspect of education in Wales.
Yesterday, it was a fact-finding review into the English GCSE debacle, today it is an 'historic' review of what children are taught in Wales which will lead to the first substantial departure from the 1988 National Curriculum.
We have to say this fills us with some dread.
One of the biggest problems of education in Wales, and there are several, is that it is never left alone.
It is constantly being tweaked and meddled with.
We have had successive education ministers talking about ensuring Wales is lifted in the Pisa rankings, although there is precious little sign of that happening any time soon.
The first change to the GCSE English language exam turned out to be an unqualified disaster whichever way you look at it
There are too many politicians making decisions about subjects which would be far better left to experts in the field.
Too often head teachers, teachers and pupils have no idea what is expected of them.
And when they think they do, it turns out that it was not what was expected at all.
Education in Wales has not faired well in recent years.
But now as well as annual bandings and Estyn inspections, schools are also subject to assessment by regional education achievement services.
It is difficult to get away from the idea that instead of a clear direction we have instead created confusion.
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