International Education

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 10:22 am on 24th April 2008.

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Photo of Murdo Fraser Murdo Fraser Conservative 10:22 am, 24th April 2008

I share many of the member's concerns about the decline in the numbers of Scottish pupils and students who study foreign languages. However, does he agree that there is perhaps an overemphasis on teaching French, which is a traditional language to teach, in our schools? Perhaps other languages such as Spanish and Mandarin, which might be more important in responding to future opportunities in the world, should be taught more.