Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has written to Secretary of State for Education Gillian Keegan expressing concern over the growing popularity of calls for “School Strikes for Palestine”, where pupils are encouraged to skip school in order to attend Pro-Palestine protests.
Marie wrote: “While it is not the Government’s role to determine what parents may tell their children about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we feel it is within the DfE’s purview to make it clear that such “school strikes” are not acceptable, that children taking part will be deemed to have skipped school, and that it is entirely unacceptable for any teachers to encourage pupils to take part.
“I would be grateful if you and the Department for Education could consider this as a matter of some urgency.”
Read the full letter below.
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