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Ill-judged attack.

THE extraordinary attack by the National Assembly Education Minister on the school in north-east England which teaches creationism as fact has left the CBI in Wales fuming.

Few would disagree with Jane Davidson's views on the practice of teaching creationism as scientific fact but the CBI has been working for more than a year to bring a so-called superschool or city technology college to South Wales and says it has given the minister categorical assurances that the kind of religious elements criticised in Gateshead would have no place in a school here.

It appears that the minister, in seeking to jump on the bandwagon of criticising Gateshead, has damaged relations with the business community, which is concerned about the quality of the pupils our education system is turning out.

The CBI has been involved in months of delicate negotiations to bring what would have been a flagship school to a deprived area.

It seems the minister has disregarded all its assurances.

She can ill afford to burn her bridges with employers who urgently need a highly-skilled and motivated workforce to regenerate the Welsh economy.
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Title Annotation:Leader
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 22, 2002
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