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  • "I think qualifications in Wales should be higher than elsewhere not just the same. We can only do this by the Assembly investing in it. We are allowing politics to determine education not teaching. We must invest in our children even if it means other areas go without. All we are doing is turning out youth unable to read/write or communicate properly,and whom other parts of the UK will never employ."
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System must be the same

First published in Letters

I’M in agreement with AM William Graham. It would be foolish to not have a common set of qualifications with England. A vast number of students apply for universities outside Wales and their qualifications must not be considered inferior. Such a move would require a return to coherent grammar, including sound spelling; an end to multiple choice questions; with reasoned thinking and argument the order of the day.

Does education minister Leighton Andrews think that here in Wales that is too tall an order? If so, he does a disservice to the student population of Wales as well as to the (some) good teachers struggling to maintain discipline and instil in pupils a love of learning for learning’s sake. We’ve had too much dumbing down: time now for a return to good, old-fashioned standards, proper teaching, order in the classroom. And, yes, O-levels! Well said William Graham.

Jackie Davies (Mrs), Bryn Eglwys, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran

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