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BURGER KING SPONSORSHIP OF EDUCATION CENTRE CRITICISED

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Fast food chain Burger King is to sponsor an education centre in Tower Hamlets LBC, the Guardian reports (p5). ...
Fast food chain Burger King is to sponsor an education centre in Tower Hamlets LBC, the Guardian reports (p5).

The company is putting £50,000 towards a centre for teenagers who play truant and are disaffected with mainstream schooling. The money will go towards renovating a building, and is part of the Cities in Schools programme linking public and private funds. Teachers and running costs of the centre will be paid for by the borough.

But the initiative was criticised by the National Association of Schoolmasters/ Union of Women Teachers, which warned against private sponsorship being used for schemes which should be publicly funded.

In the United States Burger King runs schemes where pupils are rewarded for good results with vouchers for its restaurants. But Tower Hamlets education director Ann Sofer said the company was 'sensitive to the difference in cultures between Britain and America', the Guardian reports. There would be strict controls over how Burger King's involvement was advertised, Ms Sofer said.
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