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Jallianwallah tragedy in UK curriculum

The course, which is to be covered in 15 hours, would help pupils evaluate different angles of the massacre.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2006 13:13 IST

The bloody massacre of hundreds of Indians by a British general in Amrtisar's Jallianwalah Bagh in 1919 will be taught in British schools as a history unit looking at the legacy of the Raj.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has said the course for 11-14 year olds is intended to give a valuable insight into the shared history of Britain and India, The Times reported on Wednesday.

The course, which is to be covered in 15 hours, would help pupils evaluate different interpretations of the massacre.

The massacre was one of the most notorious incidents of Raj rule when Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer ordered troops to fire on unarmed civilians holding a meeting in the park.

The massacre stirred nationalist feelings across India fuelling the call for full independence from British colonial forces.

In its guidelines, the QCA cautions that teachers "should be aware that this unit explores issues and events that may evoke strong feelings in some pupils. Care should be taken to present the unit in a manner that is sensitive, objective and balanced."