Compulsion sparked the crisis
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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