Angry parents have launched a protest over a primary school’s plans to make their children sing songs in Lithuanian and Polish. This is from the Daily Mail…
A third of pupils at the Peckover Primary School in Wisbech – a Cambridgeshire town popular with eastern European families – are from migrant backgrounds, but some parents claim their children came home in floods of tears because they did not understand the words to the songs.
Children were being taught the lyrics for an upcoming international singing festival, but mother Clare Eve, 48, who has launched a petition in protest, said: ‘The whole school is getting taken over by these cultures and I don’t think it’s right.’
A total of 23 parents have signed Ms Eve’s petition protesting at the content of the ‘inclusive’ festival, due to take place next week at Peckover’s new theatre.
The parents backing the campaign insist their objections to the foreign lyrics are not racist, and say they have a right to complain if their children are upset.
‘It’s being forced on our children,’ Ms Eve said. ‘They’re only eight-years-old – it’s a struggle to learn their own language let alone goodness knows what else.
‘When I saw the song list I could not believe it. My son brought the song list home when he wasn’t supposed to,’ she claimed.
‘The school hadn’t actually told anybody the true meaning of what the children were doing.
‘Children don’t know what they are singing about but if we complain we are accused of being racist, and yet this isn’t the case,’ said Ms Eve, who said she was ‘all for’ children learning languages.
‘My little girl goes to German club,’ she said.
‘If your child is upset then surely you have the right for freedom of speech to voice your opinion.
‘It’s happening all the time – at Christmas a nearby infants’ school had their nativity play in a foreign language. The parents said it was like being in another country.
‘We don’t want that here
‘I wouldn’t have objected if all the Lithuanian kids had sung a Lithuanian song and all the Polish kids sung a Polish song. That would have been different,’ said the 48-year-old, who has two children, Alfie, nine, and Libby, eight.
Tamara Meldrum, who also has a child at the primary school, said: ‘They’re not even teaching them what it means, at least that would make some sense, but as it stands the children have no idea why they are being forced to do it.’
Is this a positive attempt by the school to make the eastern European children feel included or have the sensitivities of the English parents been overlooked? Which side would you be on and why?