GIVING priority to children with English as their second language when allocated nursery places was discriminating against Manx-born youngsters, an MHK has claimed.
Bill Malarkey (Douglas South) called on Education Minister Eddie Teare to withdraw that section in the new admission arrangements that gave priority to children with English as a second language.
Mr Teare said the new admission arrangements gave priority to children with a wide range of special educational needs, not just those with English as an additional language. Not to do so would contravene obligations to comply with the UN charter on the rights of the child, he said.
Mr Malarkey said: ‘Manx-born children also have human rights. What you are actually doing is discriminating against those very children.’
Peter Karran (Lib Van, Onchan) said it would cost more if these children were not integrated.
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