JARGON and Civil Service speak are cluttering Welsh education, according to a teachers' union leader.
Gethin Lewis, secretary of the NUT Cymru, says there is too much "gobbledegook" in the education system and wants civil servants to communicate in more accessible language.
It comes hot on the heels after First Minister Rhodri Morgan was slapped down by the Campaign for Plain English when he was awarded its Foot In Mouth Award for the second time.
Mr Morgan was given the prize for saying, "The only thing which isn't up for grabs is no change, and I think it's fair to say it's all to play for, except for no change," during an Assembly debate on policing.
This year's win followed his 1998 triumph for his celebrated "one-legged duck" remark on BBC's Newsnight.
Mr Lewis, Secretary of NUT Cymru, said, "If I could make a new year's resolution for the education establishment in Wales, it would be, we shall speak in plain English - and in plain Welsh."
Mr Lewis explained he was prompted to make the plea after reading a job advert in the Western Mail shortly before Christmas.
The advert had been placed by the Welsh Assembly Government and was for members of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Education and Lifelong Learning.
Mr Lewis claimed there has been a marked increase in jargon since the establishment of Elwa, the quango set up by the Welsh Assembly Government to control further education in Wales.
It is about to be merged with the Assembly Government after a review of quangos.
Gethin Lewis said, "My heart sank when I read at the beginning of the third paragraph, 'As a member, you will be highly customer focused...'
"We are talking about children, young people, their parents and their teachers. Schools, at best, are communities where people teach and learn in a co-operative atmosphere. The language of commerce is, to say the least, inappropriate and, indeed, demeaning. We are talking about people not products.
"Unfortunately, the establishment of the quango Elwa resulted in a marked increase in this kind of gobbledegook in education.
"Now that Elwa is to be subsumed into the Welsh Civil Service and education's top civil servant in Wales is to be an Australian, let us hope that plain speaking will, once again, become the order of the day in Wales in 2006."
This is the latest in a series of attacks by the NUT on the Assembly Government's use of English, which it says is making it inaccessible to normal people.
Earlier this year, NUT Cymru officials clashed with the Assembly over a report on 14-19 education in Wales.
The report on Learning Pathways, by deputy education minister Christine Chapman, was also described as "verbal garbage" by opposition AMs.
NUT Cymru spokesman Rhys Williams, a former English teacher, said the document's language would not make sense to the public.
"To be effective you have got to be able to relate to people, you have to be clear with them.
"Speaking as a former head of English, my heart sinks when I read these sorts of documents. They don't reflect clarity of thought and they think the jargon protects them."
A Welsh Assembly Government spokeswoman said, "Appointments are required across the full range of the minister's respon- sibilities. It is about the whole range of education, lifelong-learning and skills."