Exemption reviewed

10th October 1997 at 01:00
A review of a decision six years ago to exempt 10 schools in anglicised parts of Wales from teaching Welsh to 14 to 16-year-olds has been ordered by Peter Hain, the Welsh Office minister with responsibility for education. The Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales will report by the end of January.

Two of the schools are in Monmouthshire, three are in North-East Wales and five are in Pembroke-shire. "The reasons why the schools were given special dispensation in 1991 may no longer be as compelling," Mr Hain said this week.

The White Paper Building Excellent Schools Together, published in July, made it clear that all pupils in Wales should be given the chance to learn the language, spoken by about one in five people in Wales.

At one of the 10 schools, Monmouth comprehensive, head David Every said circumstances had not changed since exemption was granted. "There's not been a Welsh speaker in the school since 1970."

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