Citizenship test 'to be rewritten'

Theresa May believes the UK citizen test places too much emphasis on the practicalities of daily living in Britain

Theresa May believes the UK citizen test places too much emphasis on the practicalities of daily living in Britain

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The test taken by foreign nationals who wish to become British citizens is to be rewritten by the Government, according to reports.

Immigrants will have to learn the first verse of the national anthem and be tested on key historical facts as part of the overhaul designed to place a greater focus on the nation's culture and past, The Sunday Times said.

A new handbook, expected to be issued in the autumn, will be issued to prospective citizens and form the basis of the modified 45-minute exam all aspiring British citizens must pass.

It will tell immigrants the UK is "historically" a Christian country with a "long and illustrious history" and include sections about key battles as well as British inventions, discoveries and culture.

A section on the Queen will also be included, with would-be-Britons also expected to memorise the profiles of famous artists, writers and playwrights such as William Shakespeare.

The Life in the United Kingdom test was originally introduced by Labour in 2005.

But Home Secretary Theresa May believes it places too much emphasis on the practicalities of daily living in Britain rather than the country's history, according to the newspaper.

She is understood to have scrapped sections dealing with claiming welfare payments, borrowing money and the Human Rights Act.

A Home Office spokesperson said: "Putting our culture and history at the heart of the citizenship test will help ensure those permanently settling can understand British life, allowing them to properly integrate into our society.

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9:40am Sun 1 Jul 12

accy lad and proud says...

Just copy the Australian one :)
Just copy the Australian one :) accy lad and proud
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11:14am Sun 1 Jul 12

UK Fan says...

This is clearly aimed at the voter. It will not make the slightest difference and neither should it.

We passed our immigration exam a year ago and going over the book, which will obviously have to be re-written, nobody we knew would have managed to obtain a British passport. Not a single one of them.

Unfortunately, the article misses the part about practicalities of living in Britain, which will also be scrapped. This had nothing to do with claiming benefits, though I do believe people should be educated about this, especially in the current economic situation, but rather things like voluteering, shopping, environmental issues and of course you rights to participate in local politics, after all, it is the people that make any place.

Let's face it, if we were to send every foreigner away, who would care for you in hospital all hours of the day? Who would look after you in a carehome? Who'd wash your car? Or who might your GP be? The list is endless.

I agree, there must be a history section in the test and there was when we took it, what it failed to mention was and this extended to the book you really have to learn by heart, was a section of just how important immigration is and has been to the making of Britain.

Well, what can you expect from Mrs May? She's had more then just one stupid idea in her career.
This is clearly aimed at the voter. It will not make the slightest difference and neither should it. We passed our immigration exam a year ago and going over the book, which will obviously have to be re-written, nobody we knew would have managed to obtain a British passport. Not a single one of them. Unfortunately, the article misses the part about practicalities of living in Britain, which will also be scrapped. This had nothing to do with claiming benefits, though I do believe people should be educated about this, especially in the current economic situation, but rather things like voluteering, shopping, environmental issues and of course you rights to participate in local politics, after all, it is the people that make any place. Let's face it, if we were to send every foreigner away, who would care for you in hospital all hours of the day? Who would look after you in a carehome? Who'd wash your car? Or who might your GP be? The list is endless. I agree, there must be a history section in the test and there was when we took it, what it failed to mention was and this extended to the book you really have to learn by heart, was a section of just how important immigration is and has been to the making of Britain. Well, what can you expect from Mrs May? She's had more then just one stupid idea in her career. UK Fan
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1:18pm Sun 1 Jul 12

newscritic says...

I think politicians should sit such a test as they appear to be foreigners in a foreign land because they live in a different world to the rest of us.
I think politicians should sit such a test as they appear to be foreigners in a foreign land because they live in a different world to the rest of us. newscritic
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1:31pm Sun 1 Jul 12

dawn patrol says...

People like the e.d.l might fail and get deported , that would be a shock.
People like the e.d.l might fail and get deported , that would be a shock. dawn patrol
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5:06pm Sun 1 Jul 12

25414nora says...

British citizens handbook eh? To Learn British culture, heritage, Loyalty to queen and country..

Maybe most of the population, UK Born & bred citizens, would fail this test.
British citizens handbook eh? To Learn British culture, heritage, Loyalty to queen and country.. Maybe most of the population, UK Born & bred citizens, would fail this test. 25414nora
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