Welsh Government seems to be oblivious to a simple fact and that is the need to optimise children’s’ grasp of English, maths, sciences, ICT and other life skills far exceeds any point in learning a dying language. Wales is competing with the world – as PISA shows we do it rather badly.
That weakness must extend to higher-level activities like research and commerce. Weak education has a knock-on effect on competitiveness and the economy.
With fewer opportunities in Wales, unless you happen to be a fluent Welsh L1 speaker, the children leave and mostly don’t come back, those who stay never use Welsh, so what is the point of teaching them Welsh in the first place?
Some weeks ago when I searched Welsh Governments FOI disclosure log, I came across an intriguing paper that was all in Welsh.
Translated version, simply beggars belief:
Promoting Welsh-Medium Education, £24.358 Million spent so far for the current Financial Year (2019/20).
English-Medium Education promotion expenditure for the last 10 years = Zero, Zilch, Zip, Nil, Nought or even Nothing.
Any disbelievers check out the following:
ATISN 13279 – Promoting Welsh-medium and English-medium education
|Financial Year||Budget allocation for marketing/promotion of Welsh-medium education specifically|
|2019-20||Amount not yet earmarked|
We welcome receiving correspondence in Welsh. Any correspondence received in Welsh will be answered in Welsh and corresponding in Welsh will not lead to a delay in responding.
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* Allocation for marketing / promoting the Welsh language in general
2. Further details of expenditure on programmes and projects listed in ATISN 13604
The table below provides details of allocations for the projects and programmes listed in ATISN for the current financial year. These are total allocations for these programmes/projects, not allocations for work to promote Welsh-medium education. The activities undertaken via these programmes and projects do however contribute, either directly or indirectly, to raising awareness of Welsh-medium education.
|Programme or Project||Funding Allocation 2019-20|
|Cymraeg for Kids||£730,000|
|Welsh Language Charter||£788,430|
|RhAG – Parents for Welsh-medium Education||£35,000|
|Teaching and learning resources commissioned by the Welsh Government||£3,170,000|
|Learn Welsh programme (National Centre for Learning Welsh)||£13,210,000|
|Urdd Gobaith Cymru||£852,184|
* Programme succeeded by Cymraeg for Kids
3. The amount spent on promoting English-medium education over the past 10 years.
No work has been undertaken as our teaching and learning campaigns do not differentiate between sectors.
If you are dissatisfied with the Welsh Government’s handling of your request, you can ask for an internal review within 40 working days of the date of this response. Requests for an internal review should be addressed to the Welsh Government’s Freedom of Information Officer at:
Information Rights Unit,
Cathays Park – Cardiff – CF10 3NQ
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