Jeremy Corbyn pledges to compel schools to teach colonialism and legacy of British empire

The Labour leader is to reveal plans on Tuesday to embed teaching of British imperialism in the national curriculum and diversify the teaching workforce, which is made up of more than 86 per cent of white British teachers. The Independent reports.

As part of its race and faith manifesto, Labour will also establish a unit in the Treasury to cost the impact of major spending pledges on black and minority ethnic groups, as well as extending pay gap reporting to tackle discrimination based on race, and scrapping name-based recruitment.

The plans build on Mr Corbyn’s commitment to boost teaching of black history in schools. This pledge came in the wake of the Windrush scandal, where people from mostly Caribbean countries were threatened with deportation and wrongly denied rights, despite having lived in the UK for decades.

Dawn Butler, the shadow equalities secretary, said: “Labour’s people-powered race and faith manifesto takes us beyond what we’ve previously committed in how we’ll radically shift policies to ensure the economic, social or structural barriers faced are addressed. It’s time for real change.”

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  1. Anonymous

    Why does he hate white people so much? I never hear people complaining about 86% of teachers in Africa being black, 86% of teachers in Arab countries being Arab etc. Why are white people being colonised like this in their own homeland all under the guise of teaching that colonialism is bad? Why do we have to diversify our workforce when other races have to celebrate their own culture?

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