In addition, it has led to the farce of GCSE, where pupils with very limited knowledge are awarded high grades. They then embark on AS and A2 courses with a consequent lowering of standards.
It is no wonder that universities are complaining because they have to offer courses in basic grammar. Students are today passing A-level who 20 years ago would not have been guaranteed to pass O-level.
If we return to a situation where pupils with a genuine interest and ability study languages, standards should rise, and we might also produce those linguists who are, allegedly, needed to aid the economy.
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