SCHOOLS and colleges are not doing enough to promote racial equality, NASUWT’s black and minority ethnic teachers’ conference heard at the weekend.
The 500 delegates in Birmingham on Saturday heard that only 6 per cent of BME teachers felt that schools and colleges are doing enough to tackle discrimination. The conference called for mandatory racial equality training for all teachers.
Union deputy general secretary Dr Patrick Roach slammed the government for creating “a climate in which equality and the rights of workers are seen as unimportant.”
Nearly a quarter of the delegates reported experiencing an increase in discrimination or prejudice at work since the EU referendum in a poll taken at the conference. Only 9 per cent felt that racial or religious discrimination had been taken more seriously since the Brexit vote.
A shocking 49 per cent of delegates said they have been treated less favourably at work in the last year because of their ethnic background and nearly three quarters said that the prospects for making progress towards racial justice had worsened.
Dr Roach said: “Discriminatory management practices and racial injustice within the education system flourish because government fails to secure compliance.
“In fact, the government has created a climate in which equality and the rights of workers are seen as unimportant.”
Dr Roach demanded the government take action to address the concerns of BME teachers, pledging that the union would continue the fight for equality and racial justice “in our schools, colleges and in our communities.”