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Ethnic minority language A-levels saved;In Brief

The future of 12 minority language A-levels has been secured by a deal between exam boards and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

A number of the courses had been under threat after the giant Edexcel board announced it would discontinue the exams. This provoked protests from community groups.

As part of the deal the languages - Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dutch, Greek, Gujerati, modern Hebrew, Japanese, Punjabi, Polish, Portuguese and Turkish - are to be shared more equally between the Assessment Qualifications Alliance, Edexcel and Oxford, Cambridge and RSA, with several languages being handed to other boards from Edexcel.

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