United Kingdom: Two-thirds of respondents in a Guardian/ICM poll oppose the government's plans to allow more religious schools into the state system.
The survey reveals that following last month's terror attacks, the majority of the public are uneasy about the proposals, with 64% agreeing thatthe government should not be funding faith schools of any kind.
The main concern was that such schools have a negative impact on social cohesion.
Yesterday Barry Sheerman, chairman of the Commons education select committee, warned that religious schools posed a threat to the cohesion of multicultural communities.
Do we want a ghettoised education system?asked Mr Sheerman.Schools play a crucial role in integrating different communities and the growth of faith schools poses a real threat to this. These things need to be thought through very carefully before they are implemented.
Two thirds oppose state aided faith schools, The Guardian, 23rd August 2005.