Well that took all of two weeks. Education
Health secretary Alan Johnson has done a complete u-turn on plans to force new faith schools to accept up to 25% of people from other religions. Money quote:
Liberal Democrat education spokeswoman Sarah Teather said the whole affair had been a “dog’s dinner”. “The government first of all announce there were going to be quotas and then they found out that in fact there was a huge backlash to that and they had to row back from it.
“They don’t seem to have been clear about what the problem is,” she said, adding: “If we’re going to deal with this kind of problem you need to build consensus, you need to take a long term view.”
Expecting a long term view from Labour on community cohesion…you cannot be serious Sarah? I expect the letter did it. Another example of how this government has become fond of announcing policies before thinking them through.
My view on faith schools is that taxpayers should not be funding any of them and we need a complete separation between the goverment and religion. They should be private, set their own admissions policies and rules and have curriculums regulated by Ofsted. At least one school is doing it voluntarily.
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