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Thursday, September 9, 1999 Published at 11:26 GMT 12:26 UK


World: Europe

Children to get marriage lessons


Schools in England have been told that they must teach children from the age of seven about the importance of traditional marriage.

The guidelines are part of the new National Curriculum published by the government.

It also puts a strong emphasis on a traditional approach to the teaching of history and literature.

Head teachers and single-parent groups have warned that the new policy could embarrass children whose parents aren't married.

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