A more inclusive and diverse curriculum would be one of the ways the Party would tackle prejudice and discrimination, the Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable has stated.
Marking Black History Month at event in Hackney, the former Business Secretary stated:
“Black historical figures have given us so many inspiring stories, reminding us of the tireless efforts of those who have fought for equality in the face of adversity, hate and indeed danger. They did so selflessly, so that future generations would enjoy the freedoms and opportunities they were denied.
“Undoubtedly, though, there is still so much more to be done. Levels of hate, prejudice and discrimination remain worrying and by some measures are on the increase. It is our duty to tackle this head on.”
The Lib Dem Leader also challenged David Lammy’s comments on Oxbridge admissions, saying that he is only addressing a small part of the picture. Vince said:
“University admissions are only a small part of the picture when it comes to the inequalities which sadly persist across our education system. We need to assess what steps top universities, as well as the wider education system, are taking to address concerns.
“Academically able students must have the support they need to fulfil their potential long before the admissions process. Our schools are burdened with serious underfunding, growing class sizes and falling teacher recruiting and retention numbers.
“If we are to truly tackle the issues that hold able students back it is essential that we look at all the factors in play from early education and through to Year 12 and beyond.”