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An­other day, an­other change

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion in­tends to make for­eign lan­guages com­pul­sory for all stu­dents from grades one to nine. Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Ruel Reid says this move forms part of the min­istry’s for­eign lan­guage pol­icy in schools. Per­son­ally, I’ve long recog­nised the need to be able to un­der­stand and speak an­other lan­guage, and so has to­day’s em­ploy­ers. There­fore, this isn’t a bad thing. Still, this ed­u­ca­tion min­istry seems to be on a roll with the changes. There have been in­ten­tions to change GSAT, make tech­ni­cal sub­jects com­pul­sory, ex­tend the length of time stu­dents stay in school, and now this. Don’t get me wrong, change is good, but some­how all this seems over­whelm­ing.

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