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Michael Gove is urged to take action over petition on female genital mutilation
Michael Gove was urged on Saturday to stop dodging calls to take action on female genital mutilation as the number of signatures on a petition asking the education secretary to intervene rose to more than 130,000.
Campaigners want Gove to write to headteachers asking them to train staff and educate parents about the horror of FGM. Scotland's government has already reacted to the End FGM campaign, supported by the Guardian, it says it will be writing to every Scottish headteacher calling on them to train teachers and parents about the warning signs and risks of the practice.
However, Whitehall's response has remained lukewarm, with Gove's department steadfastly refusing to communicate directly with headteachers on the issue.
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