UN rights remain a wish that is unfulfilled

21st January 2000 at 00:00
CHILDREN in Scotland welcomed the Executive's move to give every child a new right in law to a school education. Kay Tisdall, policy and research manager, called it "a major step forward in UK educational law".

Dr Tisdall also backed the promise of a new duty for inclusive schooling reflected in the presumption, likely to prove controversial, that pupils will be educated within mainstream classes rather thn in special schools.

But Children in Scotland remains unhappy that the Bill does not go beyond a requirement to consult young people on the everyday running of their school.

Dr Tisdall said: "Educational law will still not be congruent with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in requiring a child's best interests to be a primary consideration in all actions concerning the child."

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