Hamilton SLAMS Labour Government: Education System Used As A” Tool Of Propaganda”
Neil Hamilton, UKIP’s Leader in Wales, has hit out at the Welsh Labour government for using the education system as a “tool of propaganda”.
The former Conservative MP, who is now an Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales, blasted the Welsh Baccalaureate, arguing that certain topics like inequality and future energy are being taught from a “centre-left disposition”.
He described a “potential danger” that teachers may have a bias towards the Labour party, citing research which has shown a great left-leaning bias among teachers in schools in the UK.
However, Labour’s First Minister Carwyn Jones said that he saw no evidence of any bias in the education system.
Hamilton argued that the qualification included a “global citizen challenge which deals with issues such as cultural diversity, fair trade, future energy, inequality and poverty”.
Speaking at First Minister’s Questions, he said: “These are all highly political topics which need to be taught in a balanced way if education is not to degrade itself into mere propaganda.”
He said he had seen teaching materials being used in schools across Wales which are all, he claimed, “from a centre-left disposition”.
His points were met with heckles and disgusted faces across the Assembly, including Education Secretary Kirsty Williams who appeared very shocked at the claims.
Mr Hamilton continued: “The false indignation coming from the other side proves the point I’m trying to make here; that because they control the education system it is being used as a tool of propaganda.”
He said the “mindset of a teacher is very important” and, citing polling figures suggesting many secondary school teachers support Labour, he argued: “Even if bias is subconscious it must be regarded as a potential danger”.