Pupils Pass Up Languages Study
THE number of Scottish schoolchildren passing exams in a foreign language has dropped alarmingly, prompting an urgent Government rethink on how French and German should be taught.
Figures show that four times as many children were passing the language Higher examination 20 years ago than there are now. The number of school leavers who have a Higher in a language other than English has fallen to 7.6 per cent, around one in 14.
Scottish Office research has also revealed that 4 per cent of fifth-year pupils are studying German. Nine per cent continue on with French after they obtain their Standard grade. The drop, which Government figures show is down from 36 per cent …
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Publication information: Article title: Pupils Pass Up Languages Study. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Mail (London). Publication date: October 12, 1998. Page number: 7. © 2007 Daily Mail. COPYRIGHT 1998 Gale Group.
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