Should pupils have to learn sign language?

The BBC reports that while BSL was recognised as a language in its own right 14 years ago, it is not included in the national curriculum in England.

While BSL was recognised as a language in its own right 14 years ago, it is not included in the national curriculum in England.

Now, an online petition set up by Wayne Barrow, who grew up with deaf parents, is aiming to change that.

“If we can teach kids some of the basic signs, such as directions, money et cetera, it would make a big impact on a deaf person’s life.”

The Department for Education in England has responded to Mr Barrow’s petition, saying: “BSL was recognised as a language in its own right in 2003.

“Whilst it is not a mandatory part of the curriculum, schools are free to teach it if they choose to do so.”

The petition currently has more than 21,700 signatures. A petition needs to have 100,000 to be considered for debate in Parliament.

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