From today's UK papers

March 12, 2002

Lesbian wins right to appeal over abuse from pupils
A teacher who was abused by her pupils for being a lesbian won the right to sue for damages yesterday after taking her case to the House of Lords. In a judgment that has implications for homosexuals across Britain, Shirley Pearce, 53, was allowed to challenge a decision by the Court of Appeal last July that said she was not protected by the Sex Discrimination Act because the abuse she suffered was due to her sexual orientation, not her gender. (Independent)

Stop blaming Oxbridge for each year's Laura Spence

As Oxford and Cambridge woo state-school pupils, can the government be accused of picking the wrong fight? (Daily Telegraph)

Turbulence ahead
Wales is spending more per student than England for the first time in five years, the Welsh education minister, Jane Davidson, announced last week as she unveiled a new strategy for the country's higher education sector. Funding per student, the so-called unit of resource, is £5,323 in Wales in the current year, compared with £5,281 in England. Both lag behind Scotland's £6,425. (Guardian)

Schools shake-up will breed racism, warns professor
Plans to reform secondary education will increase discrimination against black pupils in schools, one of the country's leading experts on race and education will warn tomorrow. David Gillborn, of London University's Institute of Education, will say that institutional racism in state schools will be strengthened by proposals in the green paper on the future of education for pupils aged 14 to 19. (Independent, Guardian)

Children at risk from uranium in army shells
Scientists have warned that children could suffer long-term damage to health if they play on former battlefields that are contaminated with depleted uranium (DU) shells. The Royal Society, Britain's eminent body of scientists, called yesterday for the monitoring of soil, water and milk in regions of the world where DU rounds were fired, notably Iraq and Kosovo. (Independent, Financial Times)

Health department tries to ban corpse exhibition
An exhibition of corpses due to open later this month in London may be banned by the Department of Health. Gunther von Hagens's travelling Body Worlds show should open on March 23 in east London. Whitehall lawyers are trying to establish if they will be able to prevent the exhibition, which includes 25 complete corpses and parts from 175 bodies. (Daily Telegraph, Guardian)

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