SPECIAL REPORT: Australia is losing the riches of its many languages. Even school children from immigrant families are abandoning the study of their mother tongues. In the nation’s most multicultural state, researchers claim students are being “punished” with the scaling down of their HSC marks.
Dr Ken Cruickshank and colleagues from Wollongong University and UTS have conducted a five-year study that charts the alarming decline of education in fostering one of the nation’s greatest resources – its many languages – and particularly in its most multicultural state, NSW.
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