- Wednesbury Oak Academy has launched ‘No Pay, No Play’; reserving new sports equipment for children of parents who made a £6 donation to the school
- Children who have not paid for sports equipment do not have the right to use the new sports equipment
- A petition has been started and garnered some 600 signatures of people branding the scheme “outrageous”
A British school has created a controversy in the United Kingdom after creating a “rich and poor” zones in the playground to prevent children from playing with sports equipment if they have not paid for them.
Wednesbury Oak Academy has launched ‘No Pay, No Play’; a scheme aimed at reserving new sports equipment for children of parents who made a £6 donation to the school.
The school received criticisms; citing that it should be available for all.
But headteacher Maria Bull has defended the school’s action; saying that all parents should have been able to afford the £6 donation and they have given the parents eight months to make a donation. According to Mirror, the school has 450 pupils and only 50 parents paid the £6.
One parent said it was not compulsory for parents to donate to the school.
“We were asked to make the payment before Christmas but it was voluntary,” said Kirsty Williams via Express and Star.
“It was a voluntary payment for sports equipment even though they had £9,000 for equipment,” she added. “It is bullying really – they are separating the rich from the poor.”
A petition has been started stating that parents, children and staff were ‘ disgusted’ by the scheme. The petition has garnered some 600 signatures; with people branding the scheme “outrageous”