Report: UK Jews say exclusion of Hebrew damages education

December 16, 2012 05:01


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The British government's decision to exclude Hebrew from a list of officially recognized languages for children aged seven to 11 could damage Jewish education, the Jewish Chronicle reported Friday.

Board senior vice-president Laura Marks was quoted as saying the move to exclude Hebrew from the list of seven recognized languages would be "extremely detrimental to our community’s identity," adding that language is a "vital ingredient to understanding our faith and culture."

The remarks follow a decision by Education Minister Elizabeth Truss to make it compulsory, from September 2014, to teach a foreign language to primary school children.

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