Charlotte Church`s songs to be studied in school
London: Singer and TV presenter Charlotte Church is going to be a part of the curriculum for General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) English students in school.
The 24-year-old Welsh star`s use of language in her speech will be analysed in the same way previous generations studied Shakespeare and Jane Austen, reported Mirror online.
TV newsreader Huw Edwards, rugby pundit Jonathan Davies and `Gavin And Stacey` star Ruth Jones are also being introduced to the curriculum by Welsh examining board OCR Cymru from September.
"It is one way of engaging pupils by identifying with personalities they know rather than dusty ones of the past," said OCR Cymru boss Robin Hughes.
The GCSE students will study the videos of modern celebrities talking. A "study list" of 50 famous names including children`s author Roald Dahl, screen legend Richard Burton, comedian and actor Rob Brydon and opera singer Katherine Jenkins have been sent to the schools.
The move was criticised by Nick Seaton, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, who said, "I don`t think many parents would think Charlotte Church is a good role model. All these insertions into the curriculum distract from the primary purpose of teaching a good education."