Plaid Cymru's candidate for Wrexham in the forthcoming Welsh elections, Marc Jones, has described the Tory funding proposals as "staggering". Marc Jones said that while Plaid recognises the vital role that education will play in the future of Wales, especially in terms of the economic recovery, the Tory plans would badly let down the children of Wales and would lead to a second-class education system.
Marc Jones said:
“These figures reveal the true cost of the Tory budget proposals for schools in Wales and it is staggering. Their plans would see additional education cuts in Wrexham of more than £3.1m, this is equivalent to well over £40,000 per school by 2013-14. There would be teachers and teaching assistants losing their jobs in virtually every school in the borough.
"Thankfully the Tories - as the third party in the Assembly - are not in a position to implement their plans, which would let down Wales and Welsh children very badly indeed.
“Plaid Cymru is ambitious for education in Wales. It is vital for the future of our nation and our economy that it is made a central plank of the next government. The Tories are playing politics with our children's future."
Plaid Cymru Assembly candidate for the North Wales Region Llyr Huws Gruffydd added:
“The reality of their rhetoric would lead to schools, and learning more widely, being severely underfunded, condemning our children to a second-class education. This would have disastrous consequences for our economy and for the well being of our nation.”