Tuesday, May 6, 2008

More than 30 state schools in England are made up solely of ethnic minority pupils with no white children on the roll

The finding follows a warning from Britain's race watchdog that schools are becoming increasingly segregated along racial lines. This year's school census, 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."

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