Britain’s employers blamed for drop in modern language uptake

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Britain’s employers were yesterday accused of failing to promote languages as an essential skill in the job market after French and German were confirmed as among the biggest casualties of the shift towards “easier” GCSE subjects.

Foreign languages at GCSE have been in steep decline since the government’s controversial decision in 2004 to make them optional for youngsters after the age of 14. This year’s results showed a slump in the number of candidates taking the subjects for the third year in a row.

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