A British MP by the name of John McDonnell is petitioning the upcoming British Government to allow the Punjabi language to be taught in schools at the GCSE and A level.
Punjabi was the 2nd most spoken language in the UK in the 2001 Census and according to the 2011 census it was the 3rd most spoken language after Polish.
He wrote in his petition: Intervene to ensure the preservation of Punjabi as a GCSE and A-level
“We express our deep concern at the decision by education qualification awarding bodies to discontinue the offer of Punjabi as a subject at GCSE and A Level. Learning Punjabi not only ensures the preservation of Punjabi culture but also helps equip our young people with the language skills they need in the modern world. We call upon the incoming Government to intervene to ensure the preservation of Punjabi as a GCSE and A Level subject.”