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23/02/2016 06:32 GMT | Updated 23/02/2016 06:59 GMT

School Asks Pupils To Write Letter To Their Parents Explaining Why They're Converting To Islam

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A school in Guernsey has been criticised for asking pupils to write a letter to their parents explaining they had converted to Islam.

The homework, which was for a Religious Education class, required pupils to imagine telling their parents how much Islam had changed their life for the better.

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The homework assignment

The 12 and 13-year-old pupils at Les Beauchamps in Guernsey were also asked to explain how they were feeling after the conversion and how they hoped their parents could accept their choice.

Their teacher asked them to focus on how their family would react.

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Les Beauchamps in Guernsey

Guernsey locals expressed their feelings over the homework on the Guernsey Press website, writing:

"What I think it totally wrong in this case is they are being asked to say how their lives would be improved by it. This automatically appears to make a presumption that Islam is better, which in my opinion it is not."

According to SWNS, one parent wrote on Facebook: "Teach pupils about religion by all means but be very careful when you ask them to be a Muslim, in this day and age when easily led youngsters are being radicalised it is a dangerous road to be taking."

Another added: "The idiot who thought this one up is not fit to be at the school or in education."

A spokesperson for the Education Department said: "It is important that our students are able to learn about, understand, investigate and question all that is around them. As with all subjects, homework will be set to cover all areas of the curriculum."

Guernsey recently refused to accept any refugees, with Chief Minister Jonathan Le Tocq saying: "There’s certainly a lot of Islamophobia and negativity that’s been around and that would entail that it would be difficult for us to ensure that [the refugees] would find the sorts of security and stability here in Guernsey, were they to be resettled here, in the same way as they are, say, in other parts of the UK."