Wales, UK– A number of parents from Newport, Wales, UK have blasted the local authority as their autistic children were banned from their school canteen for not speaking Welsh.
The children who attend Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon were made to eat their dinner in a small classroom. Last year the children from the special autistic unit were allowed to eat in the canteen.
The unit and school has recently undergone some changes. The unit is under the care of Maes Ebbw school which is on a different site, until Spetember Bro Teyrnon was known as Brynglas primary school, and Welsh was not the dominant language.
Parent, Damien Lane, 44 a teacher is so infuriated that he has removed son Alex from the unit. He said:
“We could not quite believe it when they were telling us they were going to eat in the classes where they were learning. That is not right for the best of kids.”
In an email to Wales online, Newport Council’s education chief James Harris said:
“The pupils will be eating in the base initially as the Welsh school will be using Welsh language only and the management team and teachers at Maes Ebbw feel it will be confusing for the pupils. Arrangements are being made to improve the facilities so the children can eat outside when it is warm enough ”