In defence of faith schools

A letter-writer to the Guardian today defends faith schools because they increase the chances of low-income Muslim parent keeping their daughters in school. Apparently, Muslim parents often withdraw their girls, once they reach puberty, from what they see as a ‘playground culture of sex and violence’ in normal schools.

Apparently the number of Muslim girls that go on to university from faith schools is more than twice that of girls from secular schools.

Fair enough.

But surely, if their parent weren’t religious, all the girls would be allowed to remain in school?

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