The government has scrapped its proposal to remove feminism from the A-level Politics syllabus. Following widespread criticism of the move, Schools Minister Nick Gibb has confirmed that politics students will get “the opportunity to study the core ideas of feminism”. Gibb says that, after a debate in the House of Commons on Monday night, the government had noted the “strength of feeling on the issue”.
Students and campaigners rallied against the government’s proposal, announced in November, which suggested that the module on feminism would be removed from the Politics syllabus.
This U-turn follows news that more women would be added to the syllabus, after the government had initially suggested the inclusion of just one.
June Eric-Udorie, who started a Change.org petition on the issue, praised the government’s decision on Twitter, saying that she was “really pleased about this outcome.”
Of course, A-level Politics is a not a compulsory subject, and isn't available in every school or college. Therefore, campaigners will hope that this shift in the government’s position will incentivise more individuals to advocate the widespread education of feminist principles in schools.