Will you join me and sign this open letter to Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, calling on the teaching and examination of Persian to be protected in the UK? #SavePersian
We are writing to encourage you to take urgent steps to protect the teaching of Persian in England.
We are writing to encourage you to take urgent steps to protect the teaching of Persian in England. Following your Department’s recent announcement that qualifications for a number of community languages are to be protected, we are concerned to note that exam boards will cease to offer GCSE and A Level Persian from 2017 onwards.
As the UK seeks to re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran following the re-opening of the British Embassy last year, it seems counterproductive and short-sighted to withdraw these qualifications. This would be a significant loss both to the citizens of the UK who use and value the language and to our relationships with the Persian-speaking community across the globe, including the vibrant Zoroastrian community in the UK.
As such, we urge you to intervene –as you have done with other community languages – to ensure that Persian GCSE and A Level qualifications are offered beyond 2017, and to support the ongoing professional development of Persian teachers, to ensure every British child who chooses is able to benefit from an education in Persian.
We thank you for your attention,
Gareth Thomas MP
Member of Parliament for Harrow West