The British government has chosen Europe’s largest arms manufacturer as its preferred sponsor of an under-performing school in northwestern England, prompting criticism by anti-arms trade activists.
The UK-based BAE Systems, which made £15.4 billion in profits last year, is set to take over Furness Academy in Barrow, Cumbria, in September by setting up a trust to run the school under its submarine-building plant based in the town, SchooWeek journal reported Friday.
This is while Sam Robinson, university coordinator for the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), described the decision as “deeply worrying.”
“The idea [BAE] could soon be playing a significant role in running one of our schools is deeply worrying,” added Robinson.
He further said, “It … gives them direct access to potential future employees and often allows them to influence the curriculum to suit their employment needs.”