[EDLING:81] UK: Schools say policy to blame for lack of language pupils
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Fri May 4 02:43:15 UTC 2007
The Northern Echo
Schools say policy to blame for lack of language pupils
SCHOOLS in the region that failed to teach a foreign language to a single pupil
over the age of 14 last year have responded to criticism.
The Conservative party said Government guidelines to make GCSE language courses
voluntary would damage Britain's international competitiveness.
But schools in the North-East said it was not true to say they had scrapped
GCSE language courses.
advertisementColin Algie, headteacher at Ormesby Comprehensive School in
Middlesbrough - one of the schools singled out by the Tories - said that
foreign languages were an important part of the curriculum.
He said: "As a teacher of modern languages myself, I hold these subjects close
to my heart.
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