As teenagers across the nation pick up their A-Level results today, thousands will be looking forward in excitement to the prospect of starting a new chapter in their lives at university in a matter of weeks.
GIVEN the decline in the number of pupils taking GCSE and A-Level exams in foreign languages, it’s inevitable that fewer students will be pursuing such courses at university. Yet, while Britons have always been disdainful because English is an universal language, this insularity does the country – or economy – no favours.
EVEN though the link between education, engineering and the economy is well understood ahead of this year’s exam season – A-Level results will be published next Thursday – the Government deserves no better than a grade E for its efforts.
IT is deeply worrying, not just for teachers but pupils too, that the mental health of those working in the teaching profession is being put at risk, with rising numbers of absences linked to stress and anxiety.