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Asset courses may be scrapped

Qualifications widely used in schools in 20 foreign languages - including Hindi, Cantonese and Tamil - face being cut under plans drawn up by OCR, one of the major exam boards south of the border, because of low pupil take-up. The Asset languages courses will be scaled back to French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin, according to the exam board, with courses in "community languages" scrapped.

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