Saturday, September 13, 2008
First state Hindu school opens its doors - Telegraph
A new Vegetarian School in London is opening on Monday (Sept 15th) The Krishna-Avanti primary in Harrow, north London, is already heavily over-subscribed.
It will have its own temple, vegetarian catering facilities, and lessons in Sanskrit and yoga.
The school - opening for reception pupils on September 15 - was originally aimed at strictly-vegetarian families, but it provoked claims that it would rule out most of the estimated 15,000 Hindu children living in the borough. The requirement was later ditched, with admissions now being devolved to local temples.
The opening is expected to be the first of many following a Government recommendation that more faith schools should be created where local demand exists.
At the moment, there are 4,621 Anglican schools in England, 2,027 Roman Catholic schools and 26 Methodist schools. A further 38 are classed as Jewish, nine are Muslim and three Sikh.