Plaid repeats calls for school support after improvement in GCSE grades
Plaid Cymru has repeated called for schools to be given “sufficient” funding after an improvement in overall GCSE performance in Wales.
Overall GCSE performance in Wales has improved since last year with 62.8% of pupils getting A*-C grades. However, it is still one of the lowest performances of the past 10 years.
Congratulating the students on their results, Plaid Cymru shadow minister for post-16 education Bethan Sayed AM paid tribute to the “tireless hard work” of teachers and staff operating under “a lack of resource” and “a difficult climate of school cuts.”
Ms Sayed repeated previous calls from Plaid Cymru to ensure schools are sufficiently and effectively funded to ensure all students are provided with “access to high quality education”.
Responding to the results, Plaid Cymru shadow minister for post-16 education Bethan Sayed AM said,
“These results show that in Wales we have gifted and able young people who will go on to become our future doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs – and that’s why it is imperative we provide them with access to high quality education. I would also like to pay tribute to our teachers for ensuring our students reached their potential and for their tireless hard work under a difficult climate of school cuts.
“Teachers and the staff in our schools are working under very specific limitations in terms of a lack of resource and funding and far too much intervention in their day-to-day activities. The profession is under huge pressure at the moment, and we need to thank them for continuing to try and inspire our children and young people in the classroom, which is, after all, their main task, but the context is a challenging one. Schools need support and going forward, we must see a joint effort from Welsh Government and across the sector to ensure school funding is sufficient and managed effectively and consistently.
“I congratulate all of our students on their results and wish them the best on whatever they decide to do next, be it attending sixth form or college, starting an apprenticeship or entering the world of work. It is important that our students know that there are several options out there for them and that they all have an important contribution to make to our society.