Almost 200 historians have demanded that the home office correct information about slavery and the empire on a citizenship test.
In an open letter, it was stated that the official handbook provided by the home office is fundamentally misleading and incorrect
The signatories say the official handbook, which the Life in the UK test is based on, creates a distorted version of history, which directly counters the values of tolerance and fairness it aims to promote. Apparently, the handbook promotes the misleading view that the empire came to an end simply because the British decided it was the right thing to do.
It also makes out that the abolition of slavery was a British achievement, in which the enslaved people played no part. The handbook is said to be equally voiceless about colonial protests, uprisings and independence movements.
The letter, which has been signed by various historians from major universities across the country, urges that the history section of the test be removed until such time as the guidebook can be corrected.
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