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Cessation of National Courses in Russian Language for all Scottish Schools

That the Parliament notes with concern the decision made by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to stop issuing national courses in Russian in 2015; recognises with regret that no Scottish state school can now offer a course in Russian; understands that Scotland is now unique in the UK in its lack of provision of courses in the Russian language in schools, and believes that this has had a knock-on effect on the provision of Russian in further and higher education; considers that at a cultural, political, historical and business level, young Scottish people starting in careers that involve travelling and working in Russia and the former Soviet Union, where Russian is still lingua franca, will be at a disadvantage, and urges the Scottish Government to meet with those concerned to see what can be done to address what it considers an already very serious situation.

Supported by: Ross Greer, Gordon Lindhurst, John Finnie, Neil Findlay, Pauline McNeill, Liz Smith, Ivan McKee

Current Status: Fallen on 04/10/2017
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