Local MP Welcomes Government 'Climbdown' on Feminism

Follows petition to keep the subject in A Level politics

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Ealing MP Welcomes Government 'Climbdown' on Feminism


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The Ealing Central and Acton MP, Rupa Huq, is cautiously welcoming news that Feminism is likely to remain on the A-Level politics syllabus.

The Labour MP gave her support to an e-petition set up by 17-year old June Eric-Udorie after the Department of Education proposed major changes last year.

The teenager wrote, ''The government has just announced plans to revise the Politics A-Level Curriculum. Feminism has been removed entirely, apart from a mention of the Suffragettes and Suffragists and the proposed curriculum only contains one female political thinker out of seven: Mary Wollstonecraft. The problem with erasing and writing women out of history is that we only get half the story.''

The petition quickly gained support and has been signed by nearly 50,000 people.

Ms Huq led a parliamentary debate about the issue ( Monday 11 January) and it's been announced that the topic would not now be scrapped.

Schools Minister MP Nick Hurd said: "Following the consultation on the politics A-level, exam boards are making changes to the final content to respond to the concerns raised and we will publish our response shortly.

"But I can assure you that the final politics A-level will give all students the opportunity to study the core ideas of feminism."

Ms Huq, who spoke about the issue on The Daily Politics show said: ''It looks like the government has at the very least effected a partial climbdown on the removal of feminism from the a-level politics syllabus however the announcement we have had so far is rather thin on detail.''

15 January 2016

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