Friday, January 28, 2005

Torfaens "gender mapping" priority

A sense of anger filled Ponthir village hall yesterday as parents and villagers vented their anger at Torfaen Council who are pressing ahead with their decision to close the local school. The main reason for this seems to be money - the school is on a valuable site - raising educational standards is clearly not a factor as last year the school had the best set of SATS results in the whole county.

If money is the motive Torfaen should start thinking about their priorities. Their website proudly boasts about a gender mapping exercise involving consultants which recently took place followed by a day long conference in the Cwmbran Stadium. If this is how they choose to spend tax payers money it is not so surprising that they are having to close down schools and sell of land in order to make ends meet.


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