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Llangennech School to become Welsh-Medium

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082151-81459-800CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has approved a proposal to switch Llangennech School from dual stream education to Welsh Medium education.

In an, at times, bitter debate there was stark division along political lines with many Labour members supporting the idea of increasing Welsh language education in principle, but objecting to it in practice and in the particular case of Llangennech.

The debate was heralded by a series of hostile questions directed at Education Executive Board member Gareth Jones from those claiming to represent Llangennech village.

In an unusually divisive debate, the vast majority of Labour members spoke against the policy they had put in train while they held the reins of power at County Hall. Cllrs Antony Jones and Terry Davies making strong arguments against proceeding with the change to Ysgol Llangennech’s status.

Supporting the proposal, Plaid Cymru’s Alun Lenny and Linda Evans were swift to point out the advantages of being bilingual, the ultimate aim of moving Ysgol Llangennech along the language continuum, while Cllr Gwyneth Thomas (Llangennech, Plaid) set out her reasoned response to some of the claims made by objectors.

The debate highlighted the problems endemic with the processes put in place by the Welsh Government, with debate, dissent, and bureaucracy extending over eighteen months as a result of the Statutory Procedure councils are obliged to follow.

One Labour member blamed her own lack of educational attainment as being a result of placement in Welsh Medium education by her parents as a child. Cllr Tegwen Devichand, Labour, nodded in agreement alongside.

An amendment to postpone a decision was rejected by 37-21 and the motion to establish a Welsh-medium school was passed by 38-20.

The next step will be for approval by the Welsh Government.

In response to Carmarthenshire County Council’s decision to approve the recommendation to change the language category of Llagnnech school for to become a Welsh school David Williams, vice-chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith in Carmarthenshire said: “We are grateful that Carmarthen County Council have led the way and are begining yo ensure that no child is deprived of Welsh medium education.

“We call now for the Council to move, without delay to ensure that all children develop the skill to work in Welsh and English. Moving all schools in the county, over time,  towards becoming Welsh schools is one of the  key element of the strategy put together by the Council’s Census Taskgroup so we look forward to seeing plans for other schools in the County.

“Welsh medium education is the only wasy to ensure that children leave school fluent in both Welsh and English. Carmarthenshire County Council is therefore leading the way for the rest of Wales.”

FULL REPORT in Friday’s Herald.

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    Andrea

    January 18, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Absolutely disgusting behaviour. Supporters of this kind of Nazi treatment of that village should hang their heads in shame. They will soon realize the damage done to generations of children only after it’s too late.

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    LISA DAVIES

    January 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Not all children have the luxury of being fluent in both welsh and English! My daughter is disapplied from welsh due to speech and language difficulties so she would never be able to attend that school..and intending to turn ALL schools in the county into welsh medium schools would mean she wouldnt be able to attend any of the schools? obviously not seeing the bigger picture!! total discrimination for her and many others! forcing the welsh language down peoples throats is not the best way forward! absolutely disguisting!!

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    Glasnost UK

    January 19, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Truly an appalling situation reminiscent of Stalinist Russia.

    The Herald is not helping either by allowing wild and meaningless assertions by Plaid Cymru Councillors to be taken as facts – Consider this:

    “while Cllr Gwyneth Thomas (Llangennech, Plaid) set out her reasoned response to some of the claims made by objectors.”

    There is no a reasoned response to the Welsh language imposition as this policy damages English L1 children for life and my statement is 100% fact based.

    See what UNESCO, Save the Children Foundation and others have to say on this very issue:

    http://www.glasnost.org.uk/2017/01/welsh-education-parental-anguish-as-the-d-day-approaches/

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    michaela

    January 20, 2017 at 11:35 am

    What a load of biased nonesense, I was there asking a question and all our questions were asked with respect, they might not have liked the content of our questions but they were all releveant especially considering that over the last year we have not received a single proper answer from them. Our local county councillors are welsh language nutcases, it’s welsh or nothing with them regardless of cost or inconvenience. Our local community council have refused point blank to discuss the issue or ask the village their opinion before voting so us as protesters did it and they totally ignore the outcome. Community councillors Bill Griffiths and Glendon Davies were up in the gallery and they were laughing and heckling us as we were asking our questions, and county councillor Gwyn Hopkins found our questions hilarious because he kept laughing at our questions, he also did this in a community council meeting where we were asking questions both himself and Bill Griffiths found it really funny, maybe because of their age they may well have some sort of age related mental issues which make them act child like!!!!! As a mum of a child in the english stream of the school I am really concerned at what is happening in our village, and having such a transparant contempt of us written by a so called unbiased reporter, is quite frankly shocking.

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    Mrs. Rees

    April 8, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Please Help The Local Community fight this this oppression!

    Carmarthenshire County Council have blantly ignored the parents requests for a “proper” consultation.

    Their plan is to REMOVE ‘ALL’ English Medium Education from the Whole of Carmarthenshire! This is planned long term for the whole of Wales!!!

    https://www.crowdjustice.org/case/english-medium-schools/

    Please Donate Money… however small…

    Thanks

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