UK May Require Christian Schools to Admit Students of Other Faiths

Stoyan Zaimov – July 24, 2017

Politicians in the U.K. are reportedly set to drop plans that would have allowed single-faith schools to remain as they are. Christian schools may soon be required to ensure that half of their students are from different religious backgrounds.

Premier reported on Sunday that although Tory ministers had promised in their election manifesto to scrap plans that would have placed a cap on school admissions, they have now reversed course, due to concerns that Christian-only schools “heighten community divisions.”

Chief inspector of schools Amanda Spielman told the Sunday Times: “Admission 100% on faith leads to increased levels of segregation within communities.”

“I am uncomfortable with anything that leads to increased segregation.”

While both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church have made plans to open free schools, the latter has said that it cannot open new state schools if half of their places must be reserved for students of other faiths.

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