Keep Classics for ALL!!!
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This petition is initiated by supporters of Classics who strongly oppose OCR’s decision to stop offering Classics exams to overseas candidates.
Ancient Greek literature comprises works of monumental importance and influence such as Homer’s epic poems of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Greek is also the language in which many of the fundamental texts of Western philosophy were written, such as the Platonic dialogues and the works of Aristotle. The works of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides are still performed all over the world, often in the original ancient Greek language, but are definitely of everlasting value and inspire modern playwrights.
This decision discriminates Greek speakers as well as those who do not leave in the UK and yet, they want to study Classics at secondary English Schools in their country or study Classics at the University. In addition, by this decision, UK Universities will not be able to accept overseas candidates into Classics Departments.
Furthermore, this decision prevents everyone who wishes to study Classics from developing a lifelong appreciation of the richness of the Greek culture and the Ancient Greek civilization, as well as the Roman. This will also affect the strong links between the Greek and the British societies.
There is a significant number of Greek speaking students who live worldwide and being able to obtain a qualification in Classics is not only great motivation but it also helps them command their mother tongue and get familiarized with the civilization that has set the foundations of the European civilization. Moreover, keeping the connection with the language and culture of our origin will ensure a more dynamic and functional role in the multicultural European society.
Lastly but of crucial importance is the impact on the students’ options who have already opted for Classics exams or have decided to study Classics and this decision does not allow them to enjoy subjects they love.
We believe we have every right to be able to take Classics exams that no other examining Board offers.
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