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no ban for BNP teachers

12 March 2010

The government has decided not to ban teachers from being members of the BNP following a report which said there is "insufficient evidence of risk" and that a ban would be a "profoundly political act" on which there is no consensus.

But the General Secretary of NASUWT, Chris Keates, said the idea that teachers who are members of the BNP can leave their beliefs at the school gates is "risible".

Whilst the government has agreed not to impose a ban for now, it does not appear entirely comfortable with its decision. The issue will be reviewed annually and Ed Balls has ordered a review of whether there are sufficient measures in place to prevent racism in independent schools.

Is this decision a case of pre-General Election nerves? The Conservative Party has said that head teachers need more powers to prevent extremism in schools. Perhaps whichever party is safely in power next year will take the bold step of banning teachers who have a formal alliance to the BNP.

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