Minority Ethnic Pupils Made Up 71% Of Increase In Pupil Numbers In Primary Schools In One Year
In reference to the UK Government national census, minority ethnic pupils made up the 71% increase in pupil numbers in primary schools between 2015 and 2016.
In primary schools, 31.4% of pupils are of minority ethnic origins, an increase from 30.4% in January 2015. Whereas in secondary schools, 27.9% of pupils are of minority ethnic origins, an increase from 26.6% in 2015.
The increase of this however is not necessarily due to immigration, rather the birth rate of those who come from ethnic minority origins.
It is seen that the percentage of live births in England and Wales to mothers born outside the UK continued to rise in 2015, reaching 27.5%. Last year saw the highest ever number of UK births to women who were born outside the country, official figures have revealed.
Therefore, there were 192,227 live births carried out by women born outside of the UK, the other 505,588 to UK-born women. However, it is commonly known (and statistically proven) that non UK born women that come from cultures promoting a higher reproductive rate, are likely to have more children than the standard woman who was born in the UK.
What does this mean for us?
In reality, the rate at which minority ethnic groups reproduce in countries will always be higher. This is not only due to cultural influences however also due to the foreign-born and UK-born female populations having different reproductive age structures. There is a higher proportion of foreign-born women aged from 25 to 34, with a higher fertility level.
This explains why in many London and Birmingham schools; white British born children are often a minority. But is this right?
Not only does this skew in race cause possible racial bias, but it also normalises the decrease of a British born white population. In a lot of cases, the cultural divide in the subject of religious beliefs and morals could also have a large impact on social factors. These include the happiness of an individual in a country.
According to data processed by Professor Simon Burges of the University of Bristol and analysed by Demos (2015), it was found that in London, 90% of ethnic minority students begin school in ethnic minority-majority schools. These children represent 72% of the student body.
This compares to 49% of White British students in London attending White British-majority schools, despite representing only 28% of students. Across the country, around 94% of White British students are in White British-majority schools.
The population growth of ethnic minorities and majorities are not being spread evenly across the country. In fact, many ethnic groups are hereby seen to rather go to school together, than mix.
Certain English local authorities have segregated certain primary schools, with ethnic minority children. These locations include Blackburn, Bradford, Birmingham, Oldham, Kirklees, Calderdale and Rochdale, where they have the highest levels of separation from the White British population.
Many people brush off the actual facts, saying that our country is not necessarily “becoming full” or being “taken over”. However, is the country being taken over, or is that just an overstatement?
Should we be regulating supposed ‘diversity’?