The Welsh In Schools 2004 and 2005 published today presents a variety of statistics related to the use of the Welsh Language in schools in Wales. The statistics are derived from analyses of the Pupil Level Annual School Census (PLASC) and the National Curriculum assessments.
The Minister said: 'These figures show the continuing increase in the numbers of pupils being taught in classes where Welsh is the main medium and the solid progress which is being made in the numbers of primary school pupils being assessed in the subject of Welsh.
'I have always been clear about my commitment to working to make bilingualism a reality in Wales and have dedicated substantial funding to the provision of Welsh medium education. I am happy to stand by the Government's record on the Welsh language and to confirm our commitment to Welsh medium education through Iaith Pawb, the first ever strategic plan for the Welsh language.
'Giving people in Wales the opportunity to learn the language is essential if we are to achieve a bilingual Wales.'
The Welsh In Schools 2004 and 2005 Statistical Bulletin SB 04/2006 can be obtained on the Assembly website.