Integration just isn't on, says Archbishop

THE Roman Catholic Church has again intervened in the simmering row over shared campuses in public private partnership (PPP) schools by challenging the Church of Scotland's statement that they were "a step in the right direction" of fully integrated state schools.

Archbishop Keith O'Brien, who is responsible for 10 Catholic secondary schools and more than 70 primaries in the east of Scotland, said he was appalled at such suggestions in an unexpected address from the podium. Shared campuses had been introduced as a practical solution to smaller populations, saving on manpower and finance, and schools stayed separate.

"I would hate to think that a proposal to accept an increasing number of shared campuses was a move towards integration," Archbishop O'Brien said.

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