Fury at ‘terrorism’ homework question

New Steventson Primary is at the centre of a political row after 'inappropriate' material on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was issued to pupils.
New Steventson Primary is at the centre of a political row after 'inappropriate' material on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was issued to pupils.

An apology by education chiefs for a lesson asking New Stevenston youngsters to comment on Palestinian ‘terrorists’ is not good enough.

That’s the view of Central Scotland MSP Richard Lyle who’s called for action against the teacher involved in the row.

Parents were furious to learn Primary 7 pupils had been given a worksheet asking them to describe Palestinian ‘terrorist activities’ during the long-running conflict with Israel.

The Association of Palestinian Communities in Scotland and Glasgow Central Mosque slammed North Lanarkshire Council for allowing ‘biased’ material into the classroom.

The council apologised, stressing the teaching pack is ‘obsolete’ and shouldn’t be used.

However, the SNP’s Mr Lyle, who lives in New Stevenston, insisted that wasn’t good enough.

Mr Lyle said a pupil and her mum had attended Uddingston and Bellshill SNP’s meeting following the revelation and both were upset by the material.

He said: “This matter isn’t finished. I’m not saying there should be a sacking, but the teacher who promoted this must be taken to task.

“I’m told the material had been lying in a cupboard for 10 years, but what was this inappropriate stuff doing there in the first place?”

A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Council said: “The homework material was taken from a teaching pack which is now obsolete. We are contacting all schools to ensure this material is no longer used.

“The description of Palestinian people is entirely inappropriate and we apologise unreservedly for the offence caused.

“The ‘People, past events and societies’ topic aims to gives pupils a greater understanding of the nature of different conflicts and their regional, global and historical significance. It does not pass judgment on the subject.”