Examination tribunal guilty of cultural vandalism, says Nadhim Zahawi | News

Written by Javed Iqbal

Removing Philip Larkin and Wilfred Owen from GCSE English literature is “cultural vandalism,” Nadhim Zahawi has said.

OCR, one of the three main examination boards, updates its poetry anthology to include new authors, but also drops its only works by Larkin, Owen, Seamus Heaney and Gerard Manley Hopkins. One poem by John Keats and two by Thomas Hardy are also removed to make room for poets from more diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Reacts to changes revealed in The timessaid the Secretary of Education: “Larkin and Owen are two of our finest poets. Removing their work from the curriculum is cultural vandalism.

“Their work must be passed on to future generations – as it was to me. I want to talk to

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