The Creeping Menace In Our Schools

Just about everyone knows about the shameful state of our education system caused by the lowering of standards by the previous Labour government in order to impress with high exam pass rates, but now a new problem has become evident that could destroy whatever chance our young children have of gaining a good education. It has been highlighted in the press recently that there are at least 240 schools in England where English is not the number one language, and I have to ask several questions about this fact.

First of all, how can it be that any English school must have a number of dual language teachers on the staff? What effect is this having on English children at such a school? Are the learning capabilities of English children, who are a distinct minority, being sacrificed in the name of catering to ethnic minorities? Why are immigrant children even allowed in English schools if they cannot speak the language? We will take these one by one.

Sacred Heart Primary School in Tipton

Sacred Heart Primary School in Tipton

Sky News went to the Sacred Heart Primary School in Tipton to find out what the situation is. In the school a scant 5% are English, with the rest coming mainly from Bangladesh and Pakistan backgrounds. While most of the immigrant children do speak passable English and integrate well, there are still those who have not yet mastered the language and require help from bilingual staff. While every effort is made to teach the young children English, it is in my view not enough. I believe that English children will be held back by the teacher constantly having to explain in detail to immigrant children certain points they do not understand because of the language barrier. Where this is common-place, children with English as their first language will be sat twiddling their thumbs while all this takes place and it will put them at a distinct disadvantage. The ethnic mix within the school means there are children who speak Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, French, Polish and Tamil as well as English. When the English children make up only 5% you can see for yourself where this is going.

Computers In The Classroom

Computers In The Classroom A Good Idea? I Think Not

I reported some time ago about a school that spent a huge amount of their budget on purchasing translator software for classroom computers to help immigrant children understand the lessons. Sorry, but to me they should be taught English first, before they start school not using such software to talk to their teacher and vice versa.

It is a fact that children learn languages very fast, and that is a good thing, but for any child to fully understand everything they are taught they need to be not only fluent, but also grasp what is said. It is a sad fact that many immigrant families take little or no action to ensure their offspring learn the language of the country they are living in. The main concentration is always for their mother tongue, mainly because the parents are not interested in learning the language of their adopted country. It is also a fact that many of the immigrant families, in particular the Muslims, have no wish whatsoever to integrate fully into our society. They want the perks that we offer them, but otherwise they ignore us.

Typical Multi-Racial Class At Sacred Heart

Typical Multi-Racial Class At Sacred Heart

The majority move into areas like Tower Hamlets, Leeds or Bradford, where whole sections of the community have been taken over by their fellow countrymen and they treat the place like an extension of their own country. When everyone around you is either from Pakistan or Iraq there is no incentive to learn the English language or customs, The area becomes an extension of your homeland. This is passed on to their children, and hence the problems when it is time for them to attend school. But more the pity that the education of the minority English children has to suffer while they catch up.

While the head teacher, Melanie Gee says that all lessons are given in English, however, Helen Pflaumer, the Ethnic Minority Achievement Leader (my goodness – what a silly title. Why do we need these people?) at Sacred Heart, said they encourage the children to interact with staff in English the majority of the time but “There may be an occasion where if they want to discuss something in more depth we can say use your home language if that’s going to be easier for you”. Fine, but what are the English pupils doing during this explanation? Answer:- Twiddling their thumbs because the lesson has to stop for them. OK, I admit I may be wrong, but to me this is dragging back English pupils who cannot get the benefit of proper flowing lessons because of the foreign language interruptions.

International Opinion

International Opinion

In my opinion, no immigrant child should be allowed into an English school unless they have an acceptable skill level in our language. They live in England for crying out loud, and should adhere to our way of life in these matters. It should not be up to the host nation to bend the rules to cater for these people, they moved here of their own free will, grabbed our handouts with both hands and were given a home to live in, so they need to comply with our rules and ensure they integrate properly.

When I lived in Holland, immigrants were offered free courses in the Dutch language by the government which lasted for about three months. They were sufficient to give pupils a thorough grounding in the language so they could communicate easily. Perhaps it is time for the British government to do the same. In my view, anyone wishing to come here should receive this course in English and take an exam at the end, and if they have not mastered the language sufficiently, should be sent back where they came from until they have an acceptable standard.

Immigrants must be told quite clearly that Britain is not a give-away state and they will not be allowed to enter unless they have a job. No unemployment benefit, no children’s allowance or health care until they have paid into the system for a minimum of two years. It must be made clear from the start that apart from their wife and children, Britain will not allow any further members of their family into the country except for a short visit. I for one am tired of us allowing in one man, who is then followed by his wife, children, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces. This abuse of the system has to be stopped stone cold dead, and very soon.

The Labour Cabinet That Destroyed Britain

The Labour Cabinet That Destroyed Britain

If we go back to the root of this problem we find that the great architect of this grand ‘Multi-Cultural Britain’ was, as everyone knows, the previous Labour government who sold the entire country down the river. We have all seen the effects on the NHS, housing, jobs etc., but this current problem with children’s education is just the beginning of the aftermath, and a direct legacy of that government’s policies. Once these young children get into the next grade of schools we can only hope that their English language skills have improved enough so as not to drag their fellow English students down as they do now.

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