Labour's controversial school shake-up plan

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The Labour-controlled Rhondda Cynon Taf council is behind plans to implement the most controversial school shake-up in the history of the county borough.

They propose spending £75 million to close 11 schools and create three “super” schools. The plans, which have been approved by the Labour Cabinet, could be implemented by 2018.

Plaid Cymru is opposed to the plans because they are muddled and it is unclear how they will improve our children’s education. Many parents are against the plans because of the increased travel, the wide age range within the super schools and the loss of valued community assets.

We have already seen the impact that Labour’s school closure programme has brought to communities like Pentre and Wattstown.

Leanne, who attended Penygraig Infants and Junior school which is under threat of closure, said: “I have spoken to hundreds of people in the Rhondda over the last couple of months and it is clear that many parents and grandparents are angry about Labour’s school reorganisation.

“People feel frustrated that they are not being listened to by this council and that the plans will go ahead, regardless of the opposition. There is fear as to how the new super schools will work in practice and how they will affect already congested roads.

“Plaid Cymru politicians have put up strong opposition to Labour’s plans. If you agree with the Party of Wales that the council should think again, sign the petition below and have your say.”

 

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