Paying price for language policy

First published in Letters

HOW bad do things have to get before they acknowledge problems with Welsh language policies?

There needs to be a realisation of the extent to which Welsh Medium Schools (WMS) are dragging down education standards in Wales.

They get disproportionate funds and support at the expense of mainstream schools – ask any mainstream head teacher.

It is a middle class fad to send children from English speaking homes to WMSs in the misguided belief they are somehow better.

WMSs dump their failures into the mainstream system depressing their figures. There are typically 50 pupils dumped, damaged, in Caerphilly County every year. You wouldn’t want this to happen to your child would you?

WMSs claim that their pupils are better equipped to learn more languages. In reality only around a third of pupils at WMSs go on to study a modern foreign language, compared with about a half in mainstream schools.

There is a growing industry where parents of pupils at WMSs are having to pay for private remedial teaching to make up for the deficiencies of WMSs.

After all this achievement in WMSs can only achieve a percentage point or so either way of the figures for mainstream schools.

T Green Harlech Close Blackwood

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7:32pm Mon 17 Mar 14

coalpicker says...

Just one language Welsh,what is going to be the result and cost to our society of the over a hundred others being spoken within our borders ?
Self destruct comes to mind .
Just one language Welsh,what is going to be the result and cost to our society of the over a hundred others being spoken within our borders ? Self destruct comes to mind . coalpicker
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10:22am Tue 18 Mar 14

varteg1 says...

Lingo Luddites!
Lingo Luddites! varteg1
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12:35pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Mwy Eira says...

Typical anti-Welsh propoganda being splurged out again. English medium schools are perfectly capable of bringing down standards themselves. It has nothing to do with the Welsh language. It costs no more to send a child to a WM school than it does a EM - the Newport education bosses make darn sure that they don't spend more on WM I can assure you. Countries in Europe that are bilingual/multilingu
al seem to be doing perfectly fine and it is the norm and everyone accepts it. Typical anglocentric propoganda that Welsh is for the uneducated and damaging - snobbery plain and simple.
Typical anti-Welsh propoganda being splurged out again. English medium schools are perfectly capable of bringing down standards themselves. It has nothing to do with the Welsh language. It costs no more to send a child to a WM school than it does a EM - the Newport education bosses make darn sure that they don't spend more on WM I can assure you. Countries in Europe that are bilingual/multilingu al seem to be doing perfectly fine and it is the norm and everyone accepts it. Typical anglocentric propoganda that Welsh is for the uneducated and damaging - snobbery plain and simple. Mwy Eira
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