The move is a reaction to the Welsh Government’s requirement to complete a Pupil Level Annual School Census with the aim of recording the students’ first language and their ethnicity. The Welsh Government initially offered a list which contained 300 different dialects and ethnicities, which the Conwy school cut down to a total amount of 80.
The Languages in the List
Among these 80 languages, students and their families could find examples such as Igbo, which is a dialect spoken in Nigeria, or Tagalog, spoken in the Philippines. Other languages included are Kannada, spoken in the state of Kannartaka, in India, and Wolof, the language of the Wolof people from Senegal, Mauritania and Gambia.
Reactions against It
In Conwy, less than 4 percent of the total population comes from a Black, Asian, or other ethnicity, which brought about some criticism on the part of the families who felt that the data collection was an unnecessary waste of time. Many have argued that the move is only an attempt to be politically correct as regards to topics related to ethnicity, race and diversity. Others question the use of the information which has been gathered and demand to see the results.
On their part, the council has stated that the information is relevant to allow schools to provide a better education. No matter what the results are, the head of education services of the county, Geraint James, has highlighted the fact that the data collection is a statutory requirement of the Welsh Government.
Another Government Move
In another move to improve the education service, the government has unveiled plans to build a new primary school in Swansea, Wale’s second largest city. The project would cost millions of pounds and would be funded by both the Welsh national government and the Swansea council.
Cabinet member Will Evans has stated that the new school would replace the old buildings, which are in poor condition and cost the government too much to maintain. The project aims at building a school to offer high quality teaching and modern facilities to keep up with the current times.