Native tongue suppressed

28th February 2003 at 00:00
* Children whose first language is not English will suppress their native tongue to avoid being seen as different, "their perception being that their community language is inferior to English", MSPs say.

Pressure groups had told them that unless minority language teaching was introduced, education could become segregated. "The situation could arise where, for example, Urdu is only taught in Muslim schools," the report points out.

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