Yorkshire Coast College har omdøpt jule- og påskeferie til «ferie etter endt termin» i frykt for å fornærme studenter med en annen religion. – Man er nå så redde for å fornærme minoriteter at man fornærmer majoriteten, sier kritikere:
The college’s new calendar shows that both of the traditional holiday periods have now been re-branded as ‘end of term breaks’.
Critics have complained that the decision by Yorkshire Coast College is nothing more than ‘political correctness’.
Tory MP Robert Goodwill said: ‘I have heard that some people refer to the Christmas period as the Winterval, which is worse. This is absolutely barmy.
Goodwill sier at om man skal være ærlig, så er Storbritannia er kristent land som respekterer andre menneskers religiøse tro.
‘We live in a country where there is a mutual respect for religious beliefs.
‘School terms are traditionally separated by Christmas and Easter and they should be referred to as such.
‘They are petrified that they offend the minority but what they are doing is offending the majority.
‘It’s political correctness gone mad and I am disappointed that it’s from an edict from Ofsted.’
Skolen insisterer på at bestemmelsen er på linje med Ofsted`s anbefalinger, og har blitt iverksatt for å «øke inkludering og mangfold».
It circulates the internal year planner annually to 150 teaching staff and up to 50 other workers to inform them of important dates such as term times and training days.
A spokeswoman for the college said: ‘Every school and college, wherever located, is responsible for educating its learners who will live and work in a country which is diverse in terms of cultures, religions or beliefs, ethnicities and social backgrounds.
‘All employees at Yorkshire Coast College are encouraged to closely follow guidelines set out by Ofsted for the promotion of equality and diversity.
‘We constantly review the ways in which we communicate, to ensure that we do not discriminate, and part of those reviews means that we have stopped referring to the Christmas Break and Easter Break and we now have End of Term Break.’
However, Ofsted today denied this. A spokesperson said: ‘Ofsted inspection guidance for colleges makes no reference whatsoever to the observance of religious festivals; there is no ‘edict’ from Ofsted.’