Education Bill's bad faith
Commenting on the government's Education Bill, which is passing through Parliament at present, Simon Barrow, co-director of the Christian think-tank Ekklesia, which argues that all schools should have fair and open admissions and employment policies, said:
"It seems inexplicable and contradictory that, with one breath, the government should call for a more integrated and cohesive society, and on the other hand should include provisions in its Education Bill which make greater school segregation on religious, social and ethnic grounds more probable.
"Equally, the removal of the powers of the schools adjudicator to intervene and make changes in the face of parental complains about unfairness militates against transparency and natural justice.
"Schools are places where pupils should be able to benefit from a good social mix, and where practices of discrimination on the grounds of belief, as much as other human characteristics, are inimical to good educational and spiritual values."
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