Rigmor Dam, the Faroese minister of culture, has called on the Danish education ministry to bring back Faroese language courses into the Copenhagen Uni curriculum after news emerged last month that Copenhagen University has decided to drop Faroese as an optional subject this year, reports Kvf.fo.
“It saddens me to see that the University of Copenhagen – the only university outside of the Faroe Islands offering Faroese language courses – is now discarding this subject as a cost-saving measure,” says Ms. Dam who is not convinced by the university’s explanation about its 30+ students requirement.
New guidelines for the university’s Faculty of Humanities state that a minimum of 30 students must be enrolled on a course for it to remain on the curriculum – and since 2014, an average of five students per year have selected Faroese as an optional subject, according to Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.
“Other subjects in the same faculty remain on the curriculum even though the student number is well below 30,” Ms. Dam argued in a letter to the Danish Minister of Higher Education and Science.
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