The exams regulator, Ofqual, said the change would bring grading of these two languages into line with GCSE Spanish. The head-teachers union ASCL said it was delighted but more would be needed to reverse the decline in language learning. The BBC reports.
The grading alterations follow intense pressure from teachers of modern foreign languages, who said it was harder to achieve a top grade in their subjects.
One of the other factors taken into account by Ofqual was whether the perception French and German were graded severely had contributed to the decline in pupils studying for the exams.
Earlier this year, a cross-party group of MPs and peers warned of a crisis in language learning and said the UK was complacent about its language skills.
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