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British gov't bans funding for "extremist" nurseries

English.news.cn   2014-08-09 04:29:26

LONDON, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Nurseries with links to extremism in England will be banned from receiving state funding, education secretary announced on Friday.

Nicky Morgan, secretary of State for Education said British government will stop funding early-years nurseries that have extremism links.

Nicky Morgan announced the decision after the British Humanist Association (BHA) launched a letter-writing campaign.

The BHA members wrote to members of the parliament and responded to a recent government consultation about nursery funding, expressing their concerns about extremism and creationist teaching in some nurseries.

The BHA said that about 450 members and supporters have responded to the government consultation asking for funding withdraw from those concerned nurseries, while more than 1,000 people also wrote to their lawmakers about the issue.

"We welcome Nicky Morgan's decision to preclude creationist and extremist schools from receiving state funding through their nurseries," said Andrew Copson, chief executive of BHA.

"It is vital that every young person receives a broad and balanced education including teaching evolution as the only evidence-based view of how life came to be," he said.

Editor: yan
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