German court says gender-split sports classes not discriminatory

July 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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BERLIN, July 31 (UPI) -- Boys and girls can be separated for sports lessons in schools, a Berlin court ruled, rejecting a complaint by parents that split classes were discriminatory

"Parents cannot demand that their children are constantly taught in a co-educational [environment], the city administrative court ruled, The reported Wednesday.

Separation of the sexes for sports lessons is a common practice in many German schools.

The classes are segregated in Berlin because of differences in boys' and girls' physical development, officials said.

The parents of two daughters filed the complaint, arguing children have the right to coeducational instruction.

The girls' mother said the court's ruling missed the point of the complaint.

"For us ... children should not be excluded from groups just because of their sex," she said.

The practice only confirms so-called gender roles, the mother said.

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