Separate classes for immigrant pupils ‘discriminatory’ says MP

Italian MP Souad Sbai condemned a newly approved government measure that will allow schools to hold separate classes for immigrant children who fail admissions tests in Italian state schools. “I say no to such classes because I consider them discriminatory towards immigrant children,” said Sbai. According to the Northern League, the separate classes will be for those children who fail language and ‘general evaluation’ tests for admission to mainstream schooling, will help such children integrate and will counter racism in the country. “We do not agree with the creation of separate classrooms for immigrant pupils because it means splitting up the children and creating ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams,” responded Sbai. She added that she would prefer to see extra lessons provided in after school hours or over the summer, instead of separating immigrant schoolchildren from their peers.

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