London, United Kingdom — a recent report published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) reports a huge decline in the demand for foreign language learning among 15-30-year-olds from the UK.

Far behind other European countries, data shows that only 32 percent of the participants from the said age bracket can actually read and write in 2 or more languages, as opposed to France’s 79 percent and Denmark’s 99 percent, among others.

The report lists 15 policy recommendations to help cease this decline. This includes making foreign language learning compulsory at Stage 4 (KS4) again (as it was scrapped by a 2004 government decision), encouraging more staff members to join through providing incentives and allowing more accessibility to language learning (including those of minority languages) through government subsidies to help offset tuition costs.

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