Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cameron wants Muslims to speak English

David Cameron, the Prime Minister in Britain, criticized some Muslim communities in the UK as keeping women discriminating culture. He declared that British people including Muslim should be free from gender inequality.

Furthermore, he mentioned essential English skills for immigrants. He raised the prospect that people failed to pass the examination of English language would be banned from the UK.

International Business Times: Muslim women in the UK 'must integrate and speak English' says David Cameron

This examination will be applied to other non-EU migrants. Even migrant spouses will have to improve their English skills. Otherwise, they will not be able to remain in Britain.

Hindustan Times: New UK English test may hit spouses of Indian migrants

Cameron considers the fact a lot of Muslim women cannot speak English as a cause of their economical inactivity. He will offer an opportunity to learn English using official funds. As expected, however, his statement ignited a criticism.

I think there are two different issues to be discussed. First, a considerable amount of English people cannot understand English. It leads to some troubles in the society potentially. Providing adequate education will be a resolution. But, it does not mean the banning of immigrants who failed to pass the exams. Learning ability is various among persons. What the people with learning difficulty require are more time and another opportunity. Sending any people who failed to their native countries is unrealistic.

On the other hand, the cultural discrepancy is more complicated matter. Each culture should be respected as a principle. But it is understandable that Cameron does not want women in the UK being discriminated. Some legislation will be needed, in my opinion, to guarantee Muslim women to choose their own lives, regardless of their religion.

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