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Scotland sees fall in those studying languages.

Scotland sees fall in those studying languages.

Scotland has seen a “worry-
ing” fall in the number of pupils studying languages, it has emerged. There are now fears that the next generation will not be equipped to deal with the demands of the global 
economy. There has been a dramatic fall in the number of 
youngsters sitting French and German, although more are learning Spanish. Opposition parties called on the SNP to focus on the “day job” of running schools. But ministers insist there has been a rise in the number of pupils gaining languages qualification at Higher level. There were more than 56,000 pupils taking modern languages at Standard Grade level a decade ago. By last year, under the new exam system, this had fallen to just over 23,000 – a 59 per cent decline. Labour’s shadow education minister Daniel Johnson said: “Learning a foreign language is such a valuable skill for 
Scotland’s next generation.

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