Labour Ministers have acknowledged that they took their “eye off the ball” with regards to the basics in education, literacy and numeracy. Due to this, Wales has fallen in international rankings and schools in Wales are rated as being the worst in the UK for maths, science and reading.
Ahead of the Assembly election this week, we have made three key education pledges. The Welsh Liberal Democrats will:
• protect the education budget;
• deliver smaller class sizes across Wales;
• tackle the attainment gap between the most disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
17 years of Labour has failed our children. Ministers say they took their eye off the ball, casually accepting that a generation of young people have been let down due to Labour complacency. They should be ashamed.
Never again can people trust Labour with our children’s future. Wales needs a party that will be relentlessly focused on improving our education system.
The last five years have shown that the Welsh Liberal Democrats are the party of education. We were the only party to prioritise education in budget negotiations, delivering over £282m for our schools through our Pupil Premium. This has been the most successful education policy of the last five years and has helped close the attainment gap.
My party has listened to concerns from teachers and parents. That’s why our top priority is cutting class sizes. We’ll ensure every teacher has the time to properly teach our children.
A good education system is the foundation of opportunity and the guarantee that everyone has a fair start in life. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, Wales must be a nation of equal opportunity. Under Labour, that simply hasn’t been the case.
Voting Labour risks another generation of people being left behind. The Welsh Liberal Democrats are the only party that has said we will protect education spending. If you value the importance of education, then we are the party for you.