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Apr 23 2016

Bob Says: Victory on GCSE and A-Level Languages!

bob_blackmanBob Blackman, MP for Harrow East, has warmly welcomed the news that his long fought campaign for community languages, including Gujurati, Bengali, Panjabi and Urdu, to continue to be taught at GCSE and A-Level has come to a successful conclusion after the Department for Education confirmed that qualifications will continue to be gained in modern community languages.

Working closely with the Consortium of Gujarati Schools and others, Bob has argued for some time that there is a strong need for modern foreign languages to be properly maintained in our educational system. The Government has worked with Ofqual and the exam boards to secure agreement that qualifications will continue to be provided in these important subjects.

Bob Blackman commented, “I represent one of the most multicultural constituencies in the country so I can attest that we are more part of a global village now than we have ever been. Our young people have far more opportunities available to them if they are able to be multilingual and that is why I have argued for language studies to be prioritised and protected in our educational system.

I congratulate everyone who worked to keep this important issue on the agenda and I am pleased that in Nicky Morgan we have an Education Secretary willing to listen to the needs of people on a practical level.”

As a result of those discussions the following languages will continue at GCSE and A level; Arabic, Modern Greek, Gujarati, Bengali, Japanese, Modern and Biblical Hebrew, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish and Urdu. Pearson and AQA will continue to offer the languages they currently offer and will also take on most of the qualifications that are being withdrawn by OCR.

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  1. Sonoo Malkani

    This is great news for the students as well as their parents.Good to know that Nicky Morgan is open-minded and inclusive in her thinking and has made the necessary provision for these languages.Congratulations to Bob Blackman on the successful outcome achieved for these additional community languages.

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