Plans to make English compulsory at Welsh language nurseries have angered parents, teachers and language campaigners. They say the proposals in the new curriculum threaten the future of the language and the Welsh government’s own ambitions for one million Welsh speakers by 2050. Mudiad Meithrin, the voluntary movement specialising in early years Welsh language education set up in 1971, said “no policy has ever been so detrimental to the learning and acquisition of Welsh by children in the early years” since. The Welsh Government White Paper on the new curriculum recommends putting a “duty on all schools and Funded Nursery Settings to teach English as a compulsory element of the new curriculum for Wales”. This “flies in the face” of international norms on learning minority languges, said Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, Mudiad Meithrin Chief Executive while teaching union UCAC said the recommendation “threatens current effective practice” .. English is not one of the subjects identified as requiring statutory status by the architect of the reforms, Professor Graham Donaldson. But the White Paper also recommends putting “a duty on all schools and Funded Nursery Settings to teach Welsh as a compulsory element of the new curriculum for Wales for three to… Read full this story
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