Will you join me and sign this open letter to Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, calling on the teaching and examination of Panjabi to be protected in the UK? #SavePanjabi
We are writing to encourage you to take urgent steps to protect the teaching of Panjabi in England.
There is a strong possibility that A Level Panjabi will be phased out in 2017 - which would be a significant loss both to the citizens of the UK who use and value the language and to our relationships with the Panjabi community across the globe.
There is considerable uncertainty as to whether any exam board will offer A Level exams in Panjabi from 2017 onwards. We urge you to ensure that AQA agrees to continue to offer Panjabi A Level qualifications beyond September 2017.
Panjabi is the native language of over 100 million speakers worldwide, particularly focused in India and Pakistan. Both states are vital trading partners to the UK and in a globalised world, the ability to converse with communities, businesses and family across the world is vital if Britain is going to succeed. Equally, many in Harrow and across the UK feel a strong connection with India and Pakistan, and Panjabi is vital in order for them to retain community links in their mother tongue.
We urge you to offer support to encourage examination bodies to continue the A Level course and to support the ongoing professional development of Panjabi teachers, to ensure every British child who chooses is able to benefit from an education in Panjabi.
We thank you for your attention,
Gareth Thomas MP
Member of Parliament for Harrow West