Britain’s Home Office was left red-faced Friday after unveiling new English tests for migrants — but misspelling the word “language” in its announcement.
Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday launched a £20 million language fund to help women, particularly Muslims, who arrive in Britain after getting married but struggle to speak English.
He also said women from non-EU countries who fail to pass an English language test after two and a half years in the country could face deportation, drawing criticism from Muslim groups and opposition parties.
A Home Office press release giving details of the move Thursday spoke of a “new English langauge test” and had to be corrected.
Asked if Cameron was disappointed by the mistake, his official spokeswoman told reporters: “All of us are open to mistakes at times.
“The prime minister is pretty confident that his team speak English competently.”
The error drew ridicule on Twitter — broadcaster Anita Anand wrote it was “beyond parody”, while user @DaveGoddard 1971 joked: “Makes you proud to be British”.