Language exam entries are falling, but pourquoi?

‘Disappointment’ as the number of students taking French, German and Spanish falls by 5.2% in a year

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One statistic stood out a mile on exam results day last week: National 5 entries in French had fallen by almost 1,000, or 10 per cent, in a single year.

So what is going on? As long ago as 2015, University of Dundee academic and former secondary head Jim Scott, who publishes an analysis of Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) data each year, carried out research showing that languages had been declining in schools for decades. Last week, he confirmed this ongoing trend when he compared data from this year with 2013, which suggested that S4 French exam passes, for example, had slumped since ...

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