New reforms threaten future of Japanese language study in England

William Hollingworth, Japan Times, Sept 30, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Another good reason why you should not subcontract hyour education system to a commercial publisher: "From 2017, education firm Pearson is planning to scrap A and A-S levels in Japanese." They say it's due to the need to redevelop the exam, but one wonders why then they would be in discussions to "save" the qualification (hint: they want more money). "A total of 13 lesser-taught language A-levels — including Polish, Turkish and Arabic — are being ditched, leaving only six: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Russian."

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