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Segregation of boys and girls at faith school was not direct discrimination

November 21, 2016

 

 

The High Court has decided that a faith school's segregation of girls and boys when they reach a certain age does not amount to less favourable treatment and therefore no direct discrimination occurred in this case. Given that there was no distinction between the opportunities afforded to the girls and boys to interact with each other, it could not be said that one sex was treated less favourably than the other.

 

The argument that segregation in a faith school generates a feeling of inferiority as to the status of females in the community is too broad and sweeping an assertion to make in a multi-cultural society, where segregation is not enforced but chosen by parents.

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