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Politicians are given a grilling

By Elizabeth, 15
Pontypridd High School pupil

As part of BBC School Report, five of us from Pontypridd High School were invited, with two other schools, to interview assembly members about issues we felt needed improving, changing or just wanted more information on.

In the morning, we felt nervous because we didn't know what to expect.

We were also excited to meet the assembly members because we hadn't met any of them before and we also wanted to meet Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas who was the chairman.

Two questions were asked from each of three schools invited.

The assembly members (Alun Davies, Eleanor Burnham, Alun Cairns and Helen Mary Jones) answered our questions clearly, they understood our questions and gave us answers to what we wanted to know and they answered them to the best of their ability which gave us more of an understanding of the issues.

My classmate Eve asked why subjects such as RE are compulsory in school.

All the assembly members contributed to answering Eve's question.

Pupils from Maesteg School look at matters that affect them as part of BBC's School Report day

Eleanor Burnham showed great enthusiasm towards Eve's question, explaining that it is important that children learn about different religions and cultures.

Other questions asked were about mobile phones in school, cleanliness on our beaches and Wales becoming an independent country.

Helen Mary Jones spoke about the mobile phones in school, saying that as a parent she would feel better if she knew her child had a way of contacting her, but from a teacher's pint of view, she could see how mobiles could get in the way of teaching.

Our school representatives had to wear headphones so that we could understand the questions and answers from the representatives of the Welsh language schools.

The day went well, we all enjoyed it thoroughly and we had photographs taken with some of the assembly members.

Overall, the day was good, it was quite fun and we also learnt a lot in the way in which assembly members think and their views on issues in Wales.

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