On 1st April 2015 Barry condemned the decision to scrap a number of international language courses from GCSEs and A-Levels as a result of the Government’s new curriculum criteria.
A number of exam bodies around the UK have made the decision to end GCSE’s and A-Levels in languages such as Gujarati, Panjabi, Bengali, Turkish, Modern Hebrew, Dutch and Polish amongst others as they will no longer be able to offer them in accordance with the Government’s revised criteria for languages taught in our schools. Arabic and Urdu may also be removed from school curriculums.
Barry joined his Labour colleagues in calling for the Government to take action to ensure valuable language classes do not end up being cut from our national education system and welcomed Labour’s pledge to save languages from being axed from the curriculum.
Barry said: “This is another example of this Government pursuing style over substance. Just last week they unveiled a statue on Parliament Square of Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Gujarati that ever lived, and this week they have forced exam boards to cut Gujarati and a number of other languages from the syllabus. It’s one thing to claim to want to forge better relationships with our international friends, like India, and another to prevent British students from learning international languages essential to building those relationships and business links.”