More than 30 Brit schools made up of only ethnic minorities: Report

May 4th, 2008 - 1:02 pm ICT by admin  

London, May 4 (ANI): Seems like Brit schools are becoming increasingly segregated along racial lines, for according to figures more than 30 state schools in England are made up solely of ethnic minority pupils with no white children on the roll.

The school census for the year 2008, carried out in January, found that 27 primaries and four secondaries were entirely non-white.

The schools, which were not identified, are likely to include England’s nine state Muslim schools and two state Sikh schools.

The remaining 20, all primaries, are likely to be in areas with large ethnic minorities.

Trevor Phillips, the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, who has claimed that Britain is “sleepwalking into segregation”, said last year that there was a disturbing trend for schools to become either mainly white or mainly black.

He pinned the blame on the phenomenon of “white flight” from racially mixed areas, saying: “To put it crudely, white parents, particularly, are unhappy about putting children in schools where they think their children are going to be in a minority.”

The new figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show that entirely non-white schools can be found in 10 education authority areas: Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale in West Yorkshire; Lancashire, Oldham and Blackburn; the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Ealing and Hillingdon; and Birmingham.

Groups, which are counted as white, include white British, Irish, traveller, gipsy/Roma or any other white.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families said that some white pupils could have been placed into some of the other categories.

“Every school is responsible for ensuring that children are educated about the diverse makeup of British society, the Telegraph quoted a rep, as saying. (ANI)

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