Schools in England should not use anti-capitalist and other extreme materials in teaching, the UK government told them on Sept. 24.
The advice comes as part of the extensive Department of Education (DfE) guidance announced for schools on setting their relationships, sex, and health curriculum.
Schools should not “under any circumstances” use resources developed by groups that “take extreme political stances” even if the resources themselves are not explicitly extreme, the government said in a statement.
Banned materials include those from organizations that want to “overthrow democracy, capitalism, or to end free speech and fair elections,” it said.
Resources from such organizations opposing free speech, and the freedoms of association, assembly, religion, and conscience are out of bounds, it added.
Opposing Free Speech
The guidelines met with criticism from Labour members of Parliament.
On Twitter, Beth Winter called the guidance “sinister and alarming” in a post agreeing with Shadow Chancellor John McDonell that it was indicative of a “growing authoritarianism” on the part of Britains Conservative Party.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International UK (AIUK) said the government guidance was needed but had overreached when it came to banning anti-capitalist materials.
“While its clearly necessary to avoid materials with homophobic, racist or similarly extreme content being used as teaching tools in our schools, its a step too far to ban materials which question an economic model such as capitalism,” Allan Hogarth, AIUKs head of policy and government affairs, said in an emailed statement.
“The only extreme view here is the one which suggests that its somehow illegitimate to even consider the validity of socio-economic systems other than the prevailing one,” he added.
A Variety of Views
Minister of State for School Standards Nick Gibb said the curriculum guidelines would help schools provide an environment echoing a variety of views and supporting individual pupils.
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Dozens killed in suspected jihadist attack in Niger
Dozens of people were killed in an attack in Niger on Saturday, in a suspected jihadist attack.
The attack took place around 12:00 CET in the Tchomo-Bangou village in Tillabéri, a western region bordering Mali.
“The assailants surrounded the village and killed up to 50 people,” a local radio journalist said anonymously. “The wounded have been evacuated to the hospital in Ouallam.”
It came on the day provisional results for the first round of the presidential election, held on December 27, were released.
Mohamed Bazoum, the candidate for the ruling Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) and a former interior minister, is in the lead with 39.3 per cent of the votes. Bazoum has vowed to strengthen the country’s fight against Islamist groups.
The second round of the election is to be held on February 21.
Niger has been a target for jihadist attacks for years, particularly in the western and southeastern parts of the country.
On December 21, six days before the presidential poll, seven soldiers were killed in Tillabéri. In May 2020, twenty people, including children, were also killed in two of the region’s villages.
Niger votes in presidential and legislative elections
People in Niger began voting in the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday.
Mohamed Bazoum, the right-hand man of outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou is the favourite to win.
The sixty-year-old former interior minister is aiming for outright victory in the first round — something that no candidate has done before.
He’s focussing on security and education.
Over 7 million people are eligible to vote. But some voters, like Gambina Moumouni, simply want a president they can trust.
“We pray to Allah to choose us the president who has the most mercy for the people, a president who will not betray the country and who will not betray the trust of the people, that is our wish. It is also our wish that Allah may help to make the poor, the peasants, the (cattle) breeders happy.
Thirty candidates are standing including two former presidents and two former prime ministers, but according to seasoned observers in the region, the poll is arousing little enthusiasm among the population.
Niger is the world’s poorest according to the UN’s Human Development Index and also one of those hardest hit by climate change.
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