Saturday, June 12, 2004

UK Schools Classics Threat

Sorry to see this in today's Guardian:

Teachers angry at plan to ditch Latin and Greek
Rebecca Smithers, education correspondent
Classics teachers reacted angrily yesterday to a decision by the biggest exam board in the country to drop Latin and Greek from its GCSE and A-level syllabuses in England and Wales.

The move by the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) means only one awarding body, Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR) will offer the subjects at GCSE and A-level.

The exams regulator, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, defended the move as "a business decision" which was justified because of the decline in the numbers of candidates taking the subjects.
Update (21 June): Comments from Rubén Gómez in Bible Software Review Weblog and Tim Bulkeley in Sansblogue.

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