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Letter: Muslim schools

Letter: Muslim schools

Sir: Having lived for a while in Northern Ireland, I am firmly of the mind that separate schools for different religious groups aggravate tension and perceived differences.

It may sound reasonable for Muslims to want to maintain their culture and religious differences (report, 10 January), just as xenophobic whites do. In fact, xenophobic whites will probably welcome the decision to encourage separate Muslim schools and hope all Muslim children will go to them. It does not however help the integration of communities that is essential if we are to reduce future trouble.

We should have no state funded schools based on religion.