Don’t cut foreign languages
I think it is a matter of great concern that A levels in languages like German, French and Spanish are being axed by colleges. This is particularly surprising in light of the fact that there has been an underspend of over £130 million in the 16-19 budget for each of the past two years (“Cash-strapped colleges forced to ditch A levels”, 4 August).
One of the reasons that British workers are losing out in many workplaces is that immigrant workers almost always know at least two languages very well. The government and local libraries should maintain funding for language learning at current levels. Also, if the UK could remain in the Erasmus scheme [the European Union student-exchange programme] after Brexit – both Norway and Turkey are in it, despite not being members of the EU – British students will continue to receive much-needed exposure to other European languages and societies.