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School places shortage fuelled by EU Open Borders


Published Apr 18, 2016

PaulNuttall.jpgThe increasing shortage of school places will continue relentlessly while the UK remains in the European Union, said UKIP education spokesman Paul Nuttall.

Commenting on the day that parents receive news of school place allocations Mr Nuttall said that education, housing and health services are all suffering because of our open borders.

Councils say they will need 336,000 more school places by 2024.

“Parents usually want their children to go to the nearest school and they also obviously want them to go to a good school but demand is exceeding supply.

“Sadly analysis by the teacher training group, Teach First, shows that poorer families' children are four times more likely than wealthy ones to be at weaker schools.

“It is ironic that the children who most need help to ensure they get a good education are those least likely to do so,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP.

“Teach First suggests recruiting more highly qualified teachers in deprived areas but that is easier said than done. Perhaps financial incentives are needed to make that happen.

“Meanwhile our children are caught in the crossfire of politics and unless we vote to leave the EU on June 23 the shortage of places will only get worse,” he said.

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