Kirsty challenges First Minister over school buildings


Kirsty has challenged the First Minister to join her to visit schools in her constituency to see for himself the conditions of some of his Government’s school buildings.

She invited Carwyn Jones to visit three schools in her Brecon and Radnorshire today in the Senedd, following the First Minister’s comments on BBC Radio Wales this morning.

Brecon High School buildings are in a terrible state of disrepair, and there is local consensus that the school should be rebuilt. Despite this, a recent application to the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools & Education Capital Programme was turned down. A fresh bid has been submitted and is yet to be considered.

The buildings of John Beddoes Campus in Presteigne and Hay Primary School are also in poor condition and those schools would benefit from significant repair.

Kirsty Williams AM, AM for Brecon and Radnorshire and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:

“The First Minister described his own childhood schools as being “little more than sheds”. He claims that things have moved on since the seventies, but I know that pupils would make the same assessment of many other schools across Wales.

“Brecon High has just submitted another bid to the Welsh Government to fund their new school. I’d welcome the First Minister on a visit with me to these schools in Brecon and Radnorshire so he can see just how poor the condition of some school buildings in Wales is, and just how many schools his Welsh Labour Government is leaving behind.”

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