The removal of poems by Philip Larkin and Wilfred Owen from a GCSE examination has been branded as “cultural vandalism” by Nadhim Zahawi. The Education Secretary criticised the move by OCR, one of the three main exam boards, on Thursday after it announced a reform to its English literature syllabus to make way for “exciting and diverse” new poems. Mr Zahawi said he will be “speaking to the exam board” about the decision to remove 15 poems from its poetry anthology, which will come into effect in exams in the summer of 2024. The shake-up of OCR’s anthology offering, reported by The Times, will see some poets such as Larkin, Owen and Seamus Heaney removed to make way for a more diverse range of literary voices. Mr Zahawi used Twitter to condemn the exam board’s decision, which will see the updated selection taught from September this year.
Source: The Times June 23, 2022 15:50 UTC