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  School trips should involve 'risk'
Updated 26 October 2001, 13.20
Mountain trek
School trips should be adventurous and teach children about risk, the Duke of Edinburgh has said.

Many teachers have said they would rather not take children on trips after three schoolgirls died this summer.

But the Duke, Prince Philip, said these trips were important because they teach children about risk and responsibility.


Drowned

Prince Philip set up the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme in 1956, which helps young people develop adventure and community skills.

But teacher's union, the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers urged its members not to go on school trips because of possible legal action by parents if something happens to their child.

11-year-old Bunmi Shagaya drowned on a school trip to France in July this year. College student Ismail Moolla also drowned in a quarry in Worcestershire, and Amy Ransom died on a mountain trek in Vietnam.

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