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‘Set a date for everyone to speak English in UK’ says ex-integration adviser

12-03-2018 Hits:166 News Andrea Perez - avatar Andrea Perez

The UK government should set a date for everyone in the country to speak English, a former official who advised on integration has said.

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WILLIAM VAHEY, a paedophile and international school teacher who committed suicide after pictures of his victims were passed to the FBI, spent most of his forty-year career working for American international schools affiliated to the US State Department, Gazette research reveals. Despite having a conviction in California for child abuse in 1969, Vahey evaded discovery because US overseas schools are barred by law from accessing FBI criminal records.   

Vahey, a US citizen who admitted to abusing boys throughout his career, first began teaching at Tehran International School, which was State Department-assisted, in 1973 and worked for other assisted schools in Lebanon, Spain, Greece, Indonesia and Venezuela before evidence of his abuse was uncovered by authorities at the American Nicaraguan School, also affiliated to the State Department.   


UK business secretary Vince Cable (standing, speaking) used the occasion of his Mansion House speech to express approval for ‘overseas students who pay full market tuition fees, cross-subsidise British students and help to keep our universities financially viable’.   

Photo Courtesy: City of London Corporation

By Matt Salusbury

THE US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control issued a ‘general license G’ in March affecting US federal transactions with Iran and sanctions regulations. Also known as the ‘Iran general license’, this had the effect of softening the US sanctions regime on academic exchanges with Iran, authorising ‘certain academic exchanges and the exportation or importation of certain educational services’. 

THE DEPARTMENT of Education for England is contributing just £0.12 per year per child, the cost of a chocolate biscuit, towards the cost of introducing the teaching of modern foreign language in primary schools, figures given to the BBC reveal.   

From September this year just over three million English seven-to-eleven-year-olds will receive foreign language classes as part of the government’s ‘drive for a revival in languages’. The government is spending £350,000 to help with the introduction of compulsory languages, an average of £3.60 per class per year per year, the Gazette calculates. The Gazette requested confirmation of these figures from the Department for Education for England but did not receive a response.   

Funding for specialist primary language teachers was cut some time ago and there is a severe shortage of primary teachers with good language skills, according to a study published by the British Council and the CFBT Educational Trust. Over half of the 600 primaries surveyed for the report had no teachers who had studied a language after the age of 18, and in nearly a quarter all teachers had given up foreign languages at 16.

12p per studentPhoto copyright Matt Salusbury


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