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Government must fulfil pre-election pledge to protect Turkish language qualifications

Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP, Labour’s Member of Parliament for Enfield North, has written to the Secretary of State for Education, Rt. Hon Ms Nicky Morgan MP, to demand that she fulfils the promise she made before the General Election to protect Turkish GCSE and A-Level qualifications. 

The future of Turkish language qualifications – and other foreign languages – has been under threat since the OCR examination board made a decision to withdraw them from 2017. 

Serious concerns have been raised regarding the Government’s commitment to their pledge after the Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb MP, said - in a reply to a parliamentary written question on 29th June – that the Department for Education was only prepared “to consider how best to enable as wide a range of languages as possible to be maintained at GCSE and A level.” In the weeks leading up to the General Election in May, Ms Morgan said the next Conservative Government would “guarantee the future” of GCSE’s and A-Levels in subjects including Turkish.

In her letter, Ms Ryan has called on the Secretary of State to end the uncertainty and to set out the immediate steps she intends to take to safeguard qualifications in Turkish.

Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP, Labour’s Member of Parliament for Enfield North, said:

“It would be a very cynical move if the Government backtracks on its pre-election promise and it would be very short-sighted too, given the growing popularity of Turkish qualifications and the thriving Turkish community we have in the UK.

 I want students in Enfield and across the country to have the opportunity to study GSCEs and A-Levels in this important language and I’ll continue to wholeheartedly support the campaign to protect and promote Turkish qualifications.”

 

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