Thursday, 29 October 2009

Kimraj Ludaj Grupoj

…de la Caernarfon Denbigh Herald:

Anger is growing across the county at a proposal which could see the majority of Welsh language pre-school play groups being forced to close.

Petitions are being organised in towns and villages, such as Porthmadog, Pwllheli, Caernarfon, Y Groeslon and Y Felinheli, opposing a Gwynedd Council proposal to save £250,000 from its education budget by changing the funding arrangements for pre-schoolers.

The petitions are expected to garner thousands of signatures and will be handed in to the council’s headquarters in Caernarfon next Thursday (November 5), where a working party of councillors will choose which savings to recommend to a full meeting of the council in December.

Last week the Herald exclusively revealed that the council was considering funding pre-school education from age three onwards and providing it within primary schools, by 2012-2013….

….Welsh language pressure group, Cymdeithas yr Iaith condemned the move.

Its spokesman Osian Jones said: “From our point of view it is important that children of any age are educated in their own town or village.

“We would be totally against any proposal which would force Cylchoedd Meithrin to close and this issue is similar to the debate surrounding the need for rural schools.” ...

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