Our poverty is a disgrace

2nd June 2006 at 01:00
I'm writing to say I absolutely agree with your columnist ("Last gasp for funding", TES Cymru, May 12) about the lack of funding in Welsh schools and the way extra money has been allocated by the Assembly government. It is shockingly disgraceful.

Our department has just enough money to cover the cost of exercise books each year, and replace changed set texts at A-level. We teach from outdated books because there simply isn't the money to buy anything newer or more engaging.

At parents' evenings, I always feel embarrassed when I am asked what we are studying with the pupils, and then angry that I have to defend the position I am put in and would rather not be in.

Maybe teachers who have always taught in Wales are used to this poverty.

Those of us who have taught in England as well will know that the schools there seem like millionaire's mansions compared to Welsh ones.

I'm glad that this issue has been brought into the public forum and I hope the debate continues.

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