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German school system accused of discrimination

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Germany’s education system has been accused in a UN report of discriminating against poor, immigrant and disabled children.

Presenting his findings in Geneva, its author said academic achievement and social standing were more closely linked in Germany than in any other country in the industrialised world.

Vernor Munoz Villalobos said the education structure was rooted in tradition and characterised by a fragmented system at lower secondary level.

He added that this fragmentation lessened the chances of success for children from impoverished
and immigrant backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Pupils in Germany are usually streamed at the age of ten to go on to to three types of school.

Germany’s representative at the meeting in Geneva said the government was committed to ensuring a more fair system.