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  Shakespeare lessons are 'naff' say teachers
Updated 16 April 2003, 15.12

Kids are getting bored of learning the plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare, and teachers admit it's because of the way they're teaching it.

But they add that it's not their fault, saying that new exams have forced them to turn learning Shakespeare into a "naff" lesson.

Instead of being taught as shining examples of English writing and drama, the plays are now being used to teach full-stops and paragraphs.

New English exams have got the blame
New English exams have got the blame
This is because of the new tests for punctuation and basic grammar.

Teachers say they have to use the lessons to teach pupils how to pass the tests, leaving no time to teach what Shakespeare and other classics are actually about.

Hundreds of thousands of 14-year-olds are due to take the tests next month, and teachers have gone as far as saying they reckon that they are "not doing anything for pupils".

According to the teachers the new tests are too long, and some want to stop their pupils from doing them unless changes are made.

But they admit this may be going against the law, so they have called for a debate to see what action they can take.

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