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Turkish exams must be saved, says Joan Ryan

Joan Ryan, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Enfield North, is supporting the campaign to save GCSEs and A-Levels in Turkish, following the decision by the OCR examination board to scrap the language exams from 2017.

Despite the OCR’s own figures showing that Turkish A-Level exams were sat by more students in the summer of 2014 than either Spanish or German, the board will abolish GCSE and A-Level examinations in the language in two years time due to “low uptake”. OCR will be scrapping exams in other languages too.

Given the thriving Turkish community in the UK, particularly in Enfield, and the fact that Turkey is one of the world’s emerging economic giants, Joan Ryan has criticised the short-sightedness of the OCR’s decision.

Joan Ryan is calling on the Government to make clear to the exam board the importance of retaining Turkish GCSEs and A-Levels beyond 2017, so that many more students have the opportunity to learn the language and develop a greater understanding of the rich Turkish heritage.

Joan Ryan, Labour candidate for Enfield North, said:

“The OCR examination board must reverse its decision to scrap GCSEs and A-Levels in Turkish.

We have a thriving Turkish community here in Enfield, and across the country, and we should be doing more to promote British-Turkish relations – not less.

The loss of these exams will impact greatly upon Turkish speaking students who want a formal qualification and will also stop other students from having the chance to learn this great language and discovering more about what the Turkish culture has to offer.

With Parliament due to rise for recess next week, prior to the General Election in May, the battle to save Turkish language exams will be fought and won in the next Parliament. If I am elected as MP for Enfield North in a few weeks time, I can assure you that I will be leading that fight.

In the meantime, I have signed the Change.org petition to ‘Save Our Turkish exams’. You can do the same at: http://goo.gl/hvrADE.” 

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