A Pleasant Surprise
I listened to Ollie Hydes phone-in show on Radio Wales yesterday. It was the first time I’d heard it and I found it really interesting (though Ollie still needs to do more listening than talking – sorry, Ol).
The people ringing in had a variety of views. It was good to hear what the People of Wales think – well, some of those People. Alas, most people in our land are conditioned to listen to radio stations which churn out endless “popular” music. Another opiate of the masses?
Anyway, the man who first hooked me on Radio Wales called in (or did Ollie ring him?). And it was so good to hear Chris Stuart’s voice on air again. For me, Chris became the radio-voice of Wales a few years back. And he never spoke to his audiences in a patronising way.
Three inspections have been made by Estyn – the body which keeps an eye on education in Wales – to see is Cardiff schools are keeping standards of education high.
They are not.
The inspectors claim that our capital’s education services need “significant improvement”. Our capital city, then, is not showing a lead in its education of our youngsters.
Cardiff Council, of course, says that it has a cunning plan to sort things out. The question must be, though, why did the school-system get into its present state in the first place.
If the Council is responsible for the standards, they I suggest its members be given a hundred lines each – “I must value education higher” – and, if they don’t do something quickly, they must be given detentions until they do.