Dizzee Rascal says being included in new English A-level curriculum is 'mental'

Russell Brand and Caitlin Moran will also feature on proposed list of unorthodox texts

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Dizzee Rascal has said it is "mental" that he is set to be featured on the reading list of a new English A-level.

As the Guardian reports, the rapper's interview with Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman (which you can watch below) has been included in the proposals for the new qualification. Caitlin Moran's Twitter feed and Russell Brand's evidence on drug use to a parliamentary committee are also included in the list.

Writing on Twitter, the rapper posted a link to an article discussing the proposals and added: "This is mental! Good luck kids."

Exam board OCR said the new course, which is separate from either the traditional English or English Literature A-Levels, will include an anthology of unorthodox texts, but a source for the Department of Education has denounced the suggestion.

"Schools should be aware that if they offer this rubbish in place of a proper A-level, then pupils may not get into good universities. We will expect other exam boards to do better," they said. "It is immensely patronising to young people to claim that they will only engage with English language and literature through celebrities such as Russell Brand."

In November last year, Dizzee Rascal was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of East London. The grime artist - real name Dylan Mills - grew up in Bow, nearby the University, which is located in the London Borough of Newham. He released his most recent studio album, 'The Fifth', in September 2013.

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