American classics loved by generations will be dropped from the English literature GCSE curriculum under plans outlined by an exam board.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men are among the works being ditched by the OCR board.
It said it had taken the decision because of the Education Secretary’s wish for the exam to be ‘more focused on tradition’ and because there were fewer opportunities to include other books on the new British-dominated syllabus.
but the move caused huge controversy with many people signing online petitions to keep these books on the list.
The Department for Education said its document about content in December, ‘doesn’t ban any authors, books or genres’.
The new GCSE course will have at least one play by Shakespeare, a minimum of one 19th century novel, poetry including Romantic poetry and ‘fiction or drama from the British Isles from 1914 onwards’.