Focus should be on English
2:41pm Thursday 24th January 2013 in Letters
YES, Estyn, all very commendable to look into ways of developing skills in the reading and writing of the Welsh language.
However, I do feel that, with vast numbers of pupils leaving primary school and entering the secondary system without even basic skills in the reading, writing and speaking of our first language – English, especially here in South East Wales – this is where focus should be. It is simply wrong to pursue the teaching of Welsh unless or until a child has demonstrated a satisfactory command of English, indeed a terrible waste of resources, especially when education standards have slipped to an all-time low here in Wales.
Jackie Davies Bryn Eglwys Cwmbran