'Black boys need separate classes'.BLACK boys may have to be taught in separate classes from white pupils to help them do better at school, according to the race relations watchdog.
Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) is a non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom which aims to tackle racial discrimination and promote racial equality. It was set up under the Race Relations Act 1976 and is the only body with statutory power to help enforce the act. , said it was necessary to prepare for such a radical option because so many black boys are failing to get good GCSEs.
Mr Phillips, who is black, also called for tougher action against black fathers, questioning whether they should be denied access to their sons if they refuse to attend school parents' evenings.
Figures published last month showed black teenagers continued to lag far behind their white classmates at GCSE GCSE
1. (in Britain) General Certificate of Secondary Education; an examination in specified subjects which replaced the GCE O level and CSE
2. Informal a pass in a GCSE examination
Noun 1. .
Last year just 35.7 per cent of black Caribbean pupils in England scored at least five C-grades at GCSE, compared with a national average of 51.9 per cent.
Mr Phillips told BBC BBC
in full British Broadcasting Corp.
Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927. 1's Inside Out programme that many black boys were suffering from a culture where it was not cool to be clever, and they lacked self-esteem and good role models.
"If the only way to break through the wall of attitude that surrounds black boys is to teach them separately for some subjects, then we should be ready for that."
The programme is broadcast at 7.30pm tonight in London.