Plan to ban illegal immigrants’ children from schools condemned

The National Union of Teachers (NUT), Britain’s largest teachers’ union has condemned the government’s alleged plan to ban illegal immigrants’ children from schools.

On 27th March 2013, the British media revealed that ministers were considering a plan to oblige schools to check the immigration status of their students as part of a crackdown on “education tourists”, PressTV reported.

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers said: “It is quite unacceptable for Ministers at the Department for Education to be considering banning children of immigrants deemed ‘illegal’ from schools. We have heard politicians talk of immigrants as ‘health tourists’. This is unacceptable.”

Ms. Blower asked the Government not to “create conditions that imply that the children of immigrants are ‘education tourists’. The UK has obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which the Government must ensure we observe.”

Ms. Blower challenged the Government to “give reassurances that it will not promote reactionary plans such as this.” She warned that “the knowledge that it is being discussed could lead to the victimisation of some of the most vulnerable people in society.”

The NUT, Ms. Blower said, “is determined to support campaigns against racism and Islamophobia.”

She added that UK “schools need to continue to be harmonious, inclusive and respectful of the backgrounds of all the children and young people attending them.”

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