Journalists quickly spotted the mistake.
While the misspelling has since been corrected, it is unlikely to end the controversy surrounding the language tests. While many in Britain were happy that the government was spending more money on English classes for immigrants, the British prime minister had justified it by saying that a lack of English language among “isolated” female Muslims in Britain left them “more susceptible to the extremist message.”
The policy could see parents deported, even if they have British-born children.
“Someone can move to here with very basic English and there’s no requirement to improve it over time,” the British prime minister had written in the Times of London newspaper. “We will change that. We will now say: If you don’t improve your fluency, that could affect your ability to stay in the U.K.”