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Sixth form reversal welcomed

November 16, 2010 10:00 AM

Welsh Liberal Democrats in RCT have welcomed the news that there will be no

mass closure of sixth forms in the County.

In November 2009 the Labour administration set out proposals to close every school sixth form and set up three tertiary colleges instead. Now a report to Cabinet on 15th November makes it clear this will not happen.

Pontypridd Assembly candidate Councillor Mike Powell, who has spoken out firmly against the plans all along, said

"In my opinion there was never any educational case for what the Cabinet were proposing - their motives were purely financial, and the strong reaction from pupils and parents across RCT show how out of touch with public opinion they were.

It is a sad fact that even now their reasons for not going ahead are again

financial. They are not doing this because they have listened to the people, or because they have been convinced by any educational argument.

The report from Officers clearly states that they are not progressing their

plans because the Assembly budget will not allow for it.

The plan was based on then obtaining around £289 million from the Welsh

Assembly Government, money which we said at the time was simply not

available.

This reversal, whatever the reasons, will be welcomed by many."