OF WALES & THE WELSH
Greg Lance – Watkins
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it is increasingly clear that the irresponsible policy of forcing the tiny minority Welsh language on the majority in Wales is proving catastrophic for education in Wales as less and less students remain in Wales to train as teachers – when you realise the number of self proclaimed Welsh speakers training as teachers is only 350 out of the 1,200 training as teachers and of that meagre 350 115 (38%) aren’t even learning to teach Welsh or in Welsh!
Many Welsh students are leaving Wales to study as teachers and less students are entering the Region to train as teachers as the Welsh education system drifts away from mainstream teaching into an isolated and incestuos vacuum of its own making.
Increasingly this isolation means it is getting harder and harder to measure Welsh results and qualifications on the larger stage of international teaching, with this comes even more isolation until at some time Welsh qualifications will only be recognised as valid within Wales – hardly surprising that inward investment and jobs are withering away from Wales!
Clearly the crachach corruption in Wales is a catastrophy for the region and the imposition of Welsh is the flagship of this corruption spearheaded by the failed Regional Assembly.
All so very predictable – indeed it was predicted in much detail, 21 years ago, by the Just Say NO campaign, campaigning against a devolved Regional Assembly & the risible concept of devolution!
The Regional Assembly has come up with the idea of forcing 1,000,000 people to speak Welsh by 2050, firstly they have not as yet come up with the vaguest of explanations as to why they believe this police state style solution is to be used let alone WHY? Even if 1 Million people were forced to speak Welsh it would still be the minority language of the region and of no global significance whatsoever.
We are already seeing the damage this hair brained and costly scheme is producing and sadly as more and more jobs wither in Wales as inward investment diminishes we will see the region less and less able to survive, with or without subsidies and handouts. Already education, the NHS and real jobs are diminishing just as poverty escalates and congestion becomes a byeword for entry to an increasingly divided and unhappy Wales with its ever increasing introspection and failure as a region.
Teacher recruitment crisis in Wales deepens as teacher training targets missed
The Welsh Government has missed its own target for new secondary trainee teachers by 40%, while the primary school trainees target was missed for the third year running.
According to recent statistics, 2017/18 saw 525 (20 less than 2016/17) new entrants to secondary level courses for Initial Teaching education (ITE) courses, 346 (40%) short of the target of 871.
Meanwhile, there were 670 (30 less than 2016/17) new entrants to primary level courses, 80 (11%) short of the target of 750. This means 370 fewer students gained Qualified Teacher Status in 2017/18 than 4 years before, down by a quarter from 2013/14.
In addition, figures indicated that Wales was becoming a less attractive region for young graduates to train as student numbers from England have fallen by over half (54%) in the last five years.
The number of ITE entrants from Wales on secondary school courses in Wales dropped by 37% over the last 4 years, the number starting to train in England increased by 34% over the same period.
The numbers of ITE students in Wales coming from Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the rest of the EU are all smaller than five years ago too.
The numbers also indicate consequences for another area of Welsh Government policy – the target of one million Welsh-speakers by 2050, as the number of students able to teach in Welsh is at its lowest point since 2007/08.
Of those who spoke Welsh fluently (305 out of 1,200 total entrants), 38% (115) were not even training to teach in Welsh.
The number of students training to teach in Welsh has been declining since 2013/14 and was 215 in 2017/18 – nearly the same as ten years ago. Of the 1,200 ITE entrants, only 210 trained to teach in Welsh (20 unable to speak fluently), 110 fewer than five years before.
Commenting, Welsh Conservative and Shadow Minister for Education and the Welsh Language Suzy Davies AM said:
“These figures tell us the new Lib Dem broom in Welsh Government hasn’t swept in a new enthusiasm for teaching in Wales. The decline of Welsh students training in Wales might be explained by their own school experiences after 20 years of Labour Government.
“Whatever the reason, the decrease in trainees show the Welsh Government’s attempts to halt the existing teacher recruitment crisis in Wales have proven impotent. Future pay-rises might help but it’s good conditions, morale, and leadership which matter most to teachers.
“Meanwhile, with more Welsh students going to train in England and fewer English students crossing the border to here shows Wales must dramatically improve its offering for young people beyond its few graduate opportunities, low pay, and weak economy.
“Also, the Welsh Government have come up with an ambitious policy for a million Welsh speakers by 2050, but have made no impact on the number of those training to teach in the language. Will this be the downfall of Cymraeg 2050?
“While good schools see their core funding cut by councils at the same time as curriculum change, some may wonder whether teaching is for them. This new reality and its implications are the product of two decades of Welsh Labour-led Government.”
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in the interest of accuracy material in the main text in blue was written by someone other than myself.
When in black text the wording ‘Welsh Language’ means the ‘Language of the peoples of Wales’ and is therefore the majority language ie ‘English’
The ancient language of parts of Wales, varied as it is, as spoken by a tiny minority in Wales is called ‘Welsh’ or ‘the ancient Welsh language’
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