Monday, 3 February 2003

French lessons

I like this scheme in which six-year-old Scottish pupils are being taught in French:
Their French lessons are not formal French lessons, taught in a mixture of English and French. Instead, the children are taught part of the curriculum - art, drama, music and PE - entirely in French.
If only I had started learning another language at six! But why does it cost so much:
It has cost about £100,000 a year to run the project to date - probably unaffordable for the executive to introduce it into every primary school.
The Walker Road School has employed two native French-speaking teachers, but they must free up other staff during their lessons. Even if they didn't, we're talking of £50,000 each. Why do I find the economics of government education to be somewhat crazy?