'Woeful' Provision Criticised; WELSH-MEDIUM EDUCATION: Teachers and Parents Voice Concerns over Situation in Colleges and Universities

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'Woeful' Provision Criticised; WELSH-MEDIUM EDUCATION: Teachers and Parents Voice Concerns over Situation in Colleges and Universities


Byline: RHODRI EVANS

TEACHERS and parents have voiced concerns at "woeful" Welsh-medium provision in colleges and universities.

There are concerns that many young people who have been schooled in the Welsh medium are unable to continue their studies in their native tongue when they reach college or university.

The general secretary of Welsh teaching union Ucac, Edwyn Williams said, "There is a massive lack of provision and we are very concerned about that.

"It is having a knock-on effect on Welsh-medium education at Alevel."

Welsh-medium schooling campaign group Rhag is also concerned at the problem.

A group spokesman said, "The provision is woefully inadequate. It means the bilingualism achieved by pupils at secondary level is often lost.

"We are strongly behind moves to introduce more Welsh-medium degrees and more Welsh-medium provision at FE level."

Geraint Davies, secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers Cymru warned that existing Welshmedium provision also needed safeguarding.

"Welsh-medium schools have invested heavily in A-level provision.

In many of these schools classes will run with just two or three pupils, " he said. …

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