First minister Carwyn Jones has said Welsh education is being offered a "clear way forward" following some criticisms made by inspection body Estyn.
Inspectors raised some concerns about the standards in secondary schools, which it described as "variable", the BBC reports.
The Welsh government said it is continuing to work on some areas such as teaching, literacy and numeracy.
Chief inspector of schools Ann Keane said there is a now a need to help those in education jobs make progress. "There is a curriculum review going on now and we're going to have new GCSEs in numeracy and language," she commented.
Conservatives claimed the Estyn report provides evidence of Labour's failings. Mr Jones conceded there had been a lack of accountability but stressed the problem is now being addressed.
A Welsh government spokesperson said the government has been honest about the challenges faced by education and that creating an excellent education system will take time.
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