MP calls for sign language to be taught in schools
MP has this week called on the government to consider making sign
language an option for GCSE school students.
In a debate in the House of Commons, Tessa Munt said she would
like sign language to be taught as a "modern foreign language
She explained: "British sign language offers an opportunity
for people of all ages to develop their vocabulary and to expand
their communication skills, and particularly for young people
to develop speech and language skills, including their comprehension.
It breaks down barriers for everybody, including those with significant
John Hayes, Minister of State for Further Education, responded:
"I understand that an awarding organisation is considering
whether to develop and pilot a GCSE in British sign language."
"It will be for the independent regulator, OFQUAL, to consider
whether any such qualification meets the appropriate criteria
for being recognised as a foreign language GCSE."