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Education Director to be temporary Chief Exec

The Labour group on RCT Council tonight decided to appoint Education Director Chris Bradshaw as the temporary Chief Executive from September when current incumbent Steve Merritt leaves.

He will still retain responsibility for some aspects of the education department such as the 21st century schools programme.

Given the issues within the education department in RCT this is quite a remarkable decision and one which spoke against in the meeting which was held behind closed doors, press and public excluded. After all the public only pay his wages.

Educational standards here are amongst the worst in Wales. The Council has just been taken to court for a second time over the decision to cut nursery education and is awaiting the result of the judicial revew - they lost the first round.

Parents and schools in the Rhondda and Tonyrefail are waiting to see the outcome of a proposal for a substantial reorganisation which involves the highly controversial setting up of 3 to 16 and 3 to 18 year old schools.

So what is Labour's answer? Cut the Education Director to part time and give his deputy a £14,000 rise to take on the bulk of his role. If she is currently working at full capacity as I would hope a senior officer in her position is then who takes up the inevitable slack?

It really is unbelievable.

Mike Powell