- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
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MIKE HEDGES AM CALLS FOR NEW SIGN LANGUAGE QUALIFICATION TO HELP MAINSTREAM SIGN LANGUAGE
Mike Hedges asked the First Minister if he would support the introduction of a GCSE First Sign Language; The First Minister replied that he would be sympathetic to the idea and would take the issue up with Qualifications Wales.
|I want to highlight the importance of sign language to the deaf community. For many deaf people, it is a major method of communication. I should perhaps declare an interest as my sister is profoundly deaf. Will the First Minister join me in supporting the creation of GCSE first-language sign language, and for it to be treated as the equivalent of first-language Welsh and English at GCSE?|
|13:32 – Carwyn Jones|
|Well, it’s a matter, ultimately, for Qualifications Wales. They are responsible for the development and approval of qualifications in Wales. That said, I think it is important—and I take very much on board what the Member has said—to promote British Sign Language and also to promote the availability of qualifications in British Sign Language. It is a matter I will take up on his behalf with Qualifications Wales.|