More than 200 racist in­ci­dents at schools

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­ben­truslove

MORE than 200 racist in­ci­dents were re­ported in Peter­bor­ough schools last year, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­vealed by a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest.

The fig­ures from 2010/11 un­cov­ered by re­quest also showed that the ma­jor­ity of abuses were made in pri­mary schools with 135 in­ci­dents recorded in pri­mary schools and 88 in sec­ondary schools.

Un­der the pre­vi­ous Gov­ern­ment, schools had to record racist in­ci­dents but the Coali­tion scrapped the rul­ing, a decision which has been con­demned by Peter­bor­ough Race Equal­ity Coun­cil.

But Ma­he­bub Ladha, di­rec­tor of the coun­cil, said he was pleased to see that Peter­bor­ough schools were con­tin­u­ing to record in­ci­dents.

He said: “It is very en­cour­ag­ing to see Peter­bor­ough schools are con­tin­u­ing to record these fig­ures and I’m keep­ing my fin­gers crossed this con­tin­ues.

“If we don’t record what the picture is how can we know what needs to be done? What’s hap­pen­ing in

fig­ures: Ma­he­bub Ladha. schools is a re­flec­tion of so­ci­ety. It is im­por­tant to ed­u­cate chil­dren to say what be­hav­iour is ac­cept­able and what isn’t.

“But we need to re­mem­ber that this is prob­a­bly some­thing they picked up from home. We should be ask­ing the par­ents where did they get this idea from?”

Com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year the fig­ures show a fall of about 30 racist in­ci­dents in pri­mary schools although the fig­ure went up by two in sec­ondary schools.

Na­tion­ally, 87,915 cases were re­ported to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties by

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