a future Labour government will save language qualifications facing the axe

‘A FUTURE LABOUR GOVERNMENT WILL SAVE LANGUAGE QUALIFICATIONS FACING THE AXE’ –TRISTRAM HUNT MP

Language qualifications

The government’s chaotic changes to the exam system mean that some GCSE and A Level qualifications in languages including Gujarati, Punjabi, Turkish, Polish, Portuguese, Modern Hebrew and Bengali will be lost.

This is to the detriment of the kind of broad and stretching curriculum needed in our schools if we are to succeed as a country in the global economy.

I have today announced that a future Labour government will save language qualifications facing the axe.

Please can you relay news of my announcement today to your constituents?

‘A FUTURE LABOUR GOVERNMENT WILL SAVE LANGUAGE QUALIFICATIONS FACING THE AXE’ –TRISTRAM HUNT MP

  • Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt demands action from the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to rescue future of Punjabi and Gujarati qualifications before Parliament is dissolved;
  • A future Labour will save language qualifications facing the axe;
  • Labour exposes narrowing of the curriculum following the Government’s rushed and chaotic changes to GCSEs and A Levels;
  • Tory Minister claims ‘British firms will increasingly demand staff who are fluent in languages such as Polish and Turkish as they seek new markets and opportunities’ but dismisses importance of subjects as only “small numbers” take up these qualifications, refusing to secure future for GCSE and A Level qualifications;
  • Large swathes of subjects face the axe as exam awarding bodies react to changes to exams delivered on a political timetable.

Labour has issued an urgent call for Ministers to take immediate action to prevent the loss of subjects, following the Government’s chaotic changes to GCSEs and A Levels.

The move comes as awarding bodies plan to scrap dozens of qualifications[1]. Foreign languages, including Polish, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Modern Hebrew, Turkish and Portuguese are being withdraw, whilst Ancient Hebrew is also likely to be axed.

The withdrawal of key languages comes at a time when the CBI has identified the growing need for more foreign language skills by British companies with ambitions to break into new fast-growing markets [2].

The changes affecting A Level qualifications mean A Level Citizenship also risks being removed from the curriculum in schools across the country.

Details have emerged as awarding bodies begin to publish information about the new qualifications that they will market, in response to the Government’s deadline for the introduction to new qualifications.

Awarding bodies OCR and AQA have published lists of subjects that they will discontinue under the new exam changes that have been rushed through by this Government. Tristram Hunt will today (Thursday) call on Nicky Morgan to “do the right thing and clear up the mess her government has created”, and commit to rescuing these important subjects.

Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:

“David Cameron’s government has caused chaos in our education system, rushing through changes on a political timetable. This is to the detriment of the kind of broad and stretching curriculum needed in our schools if we are to succeed as a country in the global economy. Make no mistake, it is the Government that has caused this mess, which risks important languages like Turkish, Polish, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi, Modern Hebrew, and Portuguese, being lost from the school curriculum.

“Precisely at the time we need to be harnessing our entrepreneurial capital and soft power in the new emerging economies, the Government’s actions will lead to fewer young people being able to take A Levels in Portuguese, Turkish, Gujarati and Punjabi.

“Labour will save these important qualifications that are facing the axe.

“It is not good enough for the Education Secretary to wash her hands of the problem, to disappear off on the election campaign. She must do the right thing and clear up the mess that her government has created. She must take urgent action before Parliament is dissolved so that these subjects are not lost from our education system.

“David Cameron’s government has rushed through risky and damaging changes in education. Only Labour has a better plan for a better future for our schools.”

 

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