Teachers call for army to halt school recruitment

Teachers have called for military recruitment campaigns in schools to be stopped. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has voted to back any school staff that wanted to boycott armed forces recruitment drives.

Delegates at the NUT’s annual conference in Manchester condemned the tactics of the Ministry of Defence, saying it targeted teenagers with “misleading” information that they claim glamorises war.

The Union backed a motion stating the NUT will “support teachers and schools in opposing MoD recruitment activities based on misleading propaganda”.

The MoD, which is invited to approximately 1,000 schools per year, says it makes the visits to increase awareness rather than to recruit, but delegates from the NUT say that children are not made fully aware of what they are signing up to.

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