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Polish A Level being threatened


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Greg Hands M.P.
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA

20 May 2015

Dear Greg,

Congratulation on your promotion to Chief Secretary to the Treasury……….!!!

I have just read Issue 436 (I have read your every Issue since Issue 84 – April 2006 - when I first received it) and I am very impressed by your comments. We are very lucky to have you on board of the Cabinet and I am certain that Prime Minster David Cameron will really appreciate your remarkable talent – and superb common sense.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for responding to my request concerning the potential cancellation of Polish A-Level – I was most impressed by your comments & recommendation to Andrew Hall, the CEO of AQA (24th April, 2015).

Let us hope that AQA will respond by not cancelling Polish A-Level – and the other 8 A-Level languages, including Portuguese and Dutch (please attached detailed list). FYI, the campaign has now received 15,736 signatories.

With Very Best Regards,

Christopher Marek Rencki FRAI

Director, Polish Heritage Society (UK) Ltd
Patron, Conservative Party 


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Number of Students taking Foreign Language A-Levels

Languages threatened by the recent AQA and OCR decisions are shown in Red Italics

Position Language

2014 Number of
A-level Entries

2014 v 2013
1 French 10,433 -7.40%
2 Spanish 7,601 -0.70%
3 German 4,187 -1.30%
4 Chinese 3,113 -6.40% 
5 Classics: Latin 1,298  
6 Russian 1,147 6.30%
7 Polish 963 7.00%
8 Italian 814 -0.20%
9 Welsh 692 -8.00%
10 Arabic 645 0.30% 
11 Turkish 466 11.20%
12 Urdu 460 -18.70%
13 Portuguese 370 2.80% 
14 Irish 313 1.00%
15 Classics: Greek 273  
16 Japanese 260 -0.40% 
17 Persian 190 15.90% 
18 Punjabi 167 -11.60% 
19 Modern Greek 150 23.00%
20 Dutch 149 17.30%
21 Modern Hebrew 52 13.00%
22 Biblical Hebrew 44  
23 Bengali 42 -25.00%
24 Gujarati 19 46.20%
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