In the UK, up till now it has been the case that deaf children studying languages are exempt from doing the "listening" part of language exams, for a blatantly obvious reason - the fact that they cannot hear, therefore cannot listen to someone speaking and then respond to that person.
The Government has now, in its infinite wisdom (ha!) decided that all disabled children must be treated equally, and so deaf children will in future have to sit the "listening" component, which they will of course fail miserably, whereas previously, their grades would be made only on the parts of the exam they have done.
It is rumoured that the new regulatons will also mean that blind children, who rely on "readers" to tell them questions that they need to answer will also be deprived of this Help, for the same reasons.
Am I the only one who finds all this ludicrous, unfair and criminally stupid ?
It will deter academically able children from undertaking subjects for which they may well have a marked aptitude, because the odds are so heavily stacked against them.
Surely that is discriminatory enough against handicapped (or as we should call it now, "challenged") children?
The system sucks.