A boy who is deaf is to sue for discrimination because he cannot sit a GCSE in sign language.
Daniel Jillings and his mother Ann want British Sign Language to be taught in schools and say the Government’s refusal to offer an exam is ‘discriminatory and unlawful’.
Pupils aged 11 to 14 are obliged to learn a foreign language but Daniel, pictured, who goes to Bungay High School, Suffolk, cannot study one at GCSE as he cannot complete a listening and speaking test.
Mrs Jillings, 50, of Lowestoft, said it was ‘denying deaf children the same opportunities as other school pupils’. The Department for Education said talks about a signing exam were already under way.
A spokeman added: ‘We are not opposed to the introduction of a British Sign Language GCSE.’ BSL is recognised as a language and used by about 70,000 Britons.