Grays councillor backs call for investigation into teaching Islam row within Thurrock

Martin Kerin

COUNCILLOR BACKS CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO COMMUNITY COHESION WITHIN THURROCK

CLLR Martin Kerin, who represents Grays Riverside, has backed calls for an investigation into community cohesion, following a report from Thurrock Council’s Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) which was presented and discussed on Wednesday night.

The report included anecdotal evidence of some parents objecting to the teaching of Islam – leading to the withdrawal of their children from lessons and visits to places of worship.

Responding to this, Cllr Kerin has said:

“This report makes for worrying reading. At a time when the need for a greater understanding of our diverse community is needed, we are seeing a reluctance, by some, to support schools in the delivery of a diverse religious eduction.”

“Thurrock is a vibrant place, with many different faiths practised, and many different lifestyles lived. We all agree that our children are the future. Therefore, they should be taught about these different faiths and lifestyles as part of a broad and inclusive education.”

“I look forward to the outcome of SACRE’s investigation.”

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