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December 18, 2012 6:59 pm

Report: British Primary Schools to Remove Hebrew as Officially Recognized Language

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Hebrew will be removed as an officially recognized foreign language in the British primary school system, potentially preventing even some Jewish schools from teaching the language, the Jewish Chronicle (JC) reported.

For many Jewish primary schools in the UK who offer Hebrew as their only foreign language, the language’s removal from the government-recognized list could eliminate it from being taught altogether because those schools will be required to offer one of seven other languages, according to the JC. That is the case because British Education Minister Elizabeth Truss last month announced plans for a new primary school requirement to teach an officially recognized foreign language.

The plans to scrap Hebrew would be “extremely detrimental to our community’s identity,” Laura Marks—senior vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews—told the JC, urging the British government “to reject the idea of stipulating just a narrow range of languages.”

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