Letters extra: Teachers should understand asylum

20th April 2001 at 01:00

I was amazed that you printed such a bigoted and thoughtless letter as that from P Marshall. The Conservative party is not xenophobic and the Labour party is not afraid of them.

That a headteacher cannot come up with answers as to why a pupil is being deported is frightening. It should provide ample opportunity to talk about Chechnya and the UK and why there is no country in the world that keeps its doors open to all comers.

It would give the opportunity to explain why so many people want to come to Britain and why Britain cannot accommodate them all. Every teacher should be able to understand the complexity of the problem.

None of the major political parties is anti-asylum. There is broad agreement on aiding genuine asylum seekers. We need more rational debate instead of name-calling. What sort of example is this to the children of Rotherham?

Peter Davis
Brecon, Powys

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