Education Minister Leighton Andrews tells Tomos Dafydd on BBC Wales Today questions must be asked about organisation of education in Wales.Hmmm..."Welsh Assembly Government procedures".
Education Minister Leighton Andrews says a Carmarthenshire school staying open with no pupils is "bonkers".
He blamed the local council for Capel Iwan primary, near Newcastle Emlyn, staying open, even though its 12 pupils left in July.
He said: "If I had the powers, I would tell them to close it."
But the council said the school had had no warning pupils were not returning next term and it had to stick to Welsh Assembly Government procedures.
Mr Andrews put the blame for the situation squarely with the local authority, and told BBC Wales: "It's entirely the fault of the local council. They have known for some time that this school was losing numbers.Would Leighton Edward's department not have such a breakdown of school numbers Wales-wide? Even if that isn't the case, effective communication links between the minister and the local authorities isn't only a one way responsibility surely?
"As I understand it, the [consultation] process has not started yet. There is not a role for the assembly government unless the process starts.
"Why didn't they start the process about a year ago? Why didn't they start the process at the beginning of this year, when there were only 13 pupils on the register?