Ministers to ban lab dissections

11th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

Flemish Education Minister Frank Vandenbroucke (Flemish socialist) believes that the dissections are no longer necessary and plans to remove them from the curriculum.

The Flemish Education Minister Frank Vandenbroucke (Flemish socialist) believes that the dissections are no longer necessary and plans to remove them from the curriculum. 4th year biology pupils at secondary schools across Flanders dissect pig eyes as part of the curriculum.

Youngsters generally have to try and remove the lens from the eye without damaging it.

Although pupils don't relish the task, most are quite happy to do it with many saying that it is good to work on a real eye rather than a plastic model.

A biology teacher at a school in Etterbeek (Greater Brussels) told VRT television that she believed that dissection is the best way for her pupils to learn how an eye works.

She added that she had no ethical objections and it was good that the animals were being used for something other than food.

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