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Race commission chief condemns Government's curriculum plans;News in Brief;News;News amp; Opinion

FEAR of middle England is stopping the Government from tackling institutional racism in schools, according to the chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, Sir Herman Ouseley.

In a broadside against the Government's plans for a revised national curriculum, Sir Herman told an audience at London's Institute of Education:

"The issue of political will is, I suspect, what undermines what is in the National Curriculum: the political will of not upsetting middle England." He said that subjects like the struggle against apartheid and the history of slavery should be a central part of every child's learning.

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