White Pupils In The UK Are A Minority In Classrooms
Statistics released on Thursday by the Department for Children, Schools and Families reveal the dramatic variations in the ethnic backgrounds of school population.
Over the last decade, the number of pupils from ethnic minorities have risen from 11 per cent to 20 per cent. This rises to more than 50 per cent in some areas in Central London, while certain Asian-dominated areas like Leicester, Luton, Slough the figures are as high as 90 per cent.
The figures confirm the belief that ethnic minorities tend to gravitate towards areas where others from their background live creating small ghettos all over the country.
In Brent in northwest London, only 7 per cent of pupils are of white origin, with 36 per cent are Asians, mostly from India and 24 per cent are of the Afro-Caribbean extraction. In Tower Hamlets in East London, just under 15 per cent of primary school children are classed as white British compared to 63 per cent who are Bangladeshi Asians.
The figures also showed that one in eight pupils in all schools do not speak English as a first language, causing concern. “They are being taught in overcrowded classrooms, this makes it much harder for teachers to do their jobs,” said Damien Green, the Conservative immigration spokesman.
Jim Knight the Schools Minister disagrees saying “We have guidance in place to help teachers support children who have English as an additional language”. “Schools are the building blocks of our communities so it is vital that they promote tolerance, respect and understanding across society,” he added.
The figures also show that hundreds of thousands of East European children have joined English schools in the past three years. They are recorded as not British but from ‘another white background’. (DNA)
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