In response to the Welsh Government’s statement on its intention to review post-compulsory education and training, NUS Wales President Beth Button said: “Students demand sustainability, stability and credibility for the Welsh system - and any move towards a better-organised sector, with deeper collaboration between all forms of post-16 education, should be welcomed.
“However, the government need to ensure any move to re-examine the system has a focus and purpose that benefits students that isn’t already being done elsewhere. “Welsh students have invested considerably into the ongoing, independent higher education funding review [Diamond Review] to ensure students’ issues are at the heart of its work.
“The government must ensure that any additional review process does not duplicate, nor undermine, the exhaustive work it has been tasked to do
. “This review, ahead of crucial National Assembly elections next year, offers the Welsh Government an opportunity to set a clear direction and purpose for education delivery in Wales that has students’ needs at its heart and ensures students are not lost in ongoing reviews.
“Otherwise, the Welsh system risks the perception of being in constant crisis-management mode.”